CHISEL AND PLANE SHARPENING JIG

 

There are many different methods that woodworkers use to sharpen their blades. I happen to like the use of sandpaper with a jig, which gives me good results. I already had the granite slab and the sandpaper because I use them to sharpen my jointer blades, with a different jig that I made.

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I sized the width at least 6” between the wheels, so that it’s wide enough to easily straddle the 4 ½” wide self-adhesive sandpaper that I use.

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To make the jig frame, I glued the sides to the back with a half lap joint. I used a long ¼” screw through the entire width of the frame, to tighten the pivot board to the correct angle, needed for sharpening.

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My chisels all have the same angle on the blade. So when I drilled and tapped the holes for the chisels, in the ½” aluminum square bar, I drilled the holes at the same angle that the bar would be at.

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For the screw holes for the flat chisel blades, those holes were drilled straight into the bar.

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The “training wheels” on this jig are 7/8” shower door wheels. I drilled and tapped the wood for the 8-32 screw that fits the wheel.

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To sharpen the blades, I’ve been using 100, 180, 320 grit and 50 micron sandpaper. (see JOINTER BLADE SHARPENER JIG)

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