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Sharpening Jig failure

I sharpen planes and chisels both free hand and with a jig. There’s no rhyme or reason as to why I choose one method over the other , it just happens. Last week when I had 4 planes to sharpen I used a jig. They were in poor shape and I knew they would need extra effort.

The first three were sharpened with an Eclipse style jig. They are inexpensive and work well. I failed to notice that the wheel in the jig was not turning and managed to flatten it.

The final plane was sharpened by hand……..I imagine this is a very low cost part, but impossible to get. May have to reconsider my sharpening methods.

  1. June 6, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Probably not what you want to hear but I’ve had the same problems with that type of jig, especially when I taught classes. Happened twice and so I decided to “bite the bullet” and buy the Veritas MK II and have been using it hassle free for probably 12-15 years. Over the years I’ve gotten the chisel attachment and have to concur with what we hear: you get what you pay for and quality is worth the price.

    • June 6, 2021 at 7:46 pm

      Good to hear from you! I will probably be looking far a new jig as well. I free hand. Quite a bit but eventually I end up with the jig after some time.

  2. Steve D
    June 7, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    I think a delrin or UHMW wheel would be better on those jigs than the steel. They are self lubricating and won’t eat a stone like the steel will.

    If you can get the round stock, you may be able to make a roller yourself in a lathe or drill press.

    • June 7, 2021 at 9:08 pm

      Those are both interesting suggestions. I have a friend that does a little machine work on the side and I’m going to check in and see what grand ideas he’s may have as well. At this point there’s nothing to lose.

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