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New Sharpening Jig

It didn’t take long to realize that I needed to replace the old jig, a couple of crooked chisels and I opened the IPad and began to peruse the usual spots for tools. Deciding against a like for like replacement, I looked at the Veritas Jigs, after all my friend John at WoodworksbyJohn uses a Veritas MK II sharpening jig.

Several years ago I had the Veritas Honing guide, it worked ok and came with he angle setting jig shown below. I did however have one frustration and it may be just me but The chisel or plane blade frequently shifted. Unlike the Eclipse style jig this one does not have anything to rest the side of the tool against to ensure it sits perpendicular to the stone. I still use it for angled blades etc, but this minor frustration was what led me to the eclipse jig in the first place. THe newer Veritas MK II jig may have resolved this problem and John noted it was the one he used however I couldn’t quite tell if it had fully eliminated this problem.

There are a couple more jigs out there and I looked at the one made by Woodpeckers, It was a one time tool and no longer in production but looked like a possibility. I have never owned a Woodpeckers Tool but perhaps one day. Finally I looked at the product produced by Lie Nielsen and after a little research decided that this is the investment I would make. I liked the Eclipse Style guide and it functioned well and the Lie-Nielsen Honing Guide is similar although pricier and appears to be better made.

After a week and sharpening chisels and planes it works really well and apart from being expensive I like it a lot. I certainly could have gone the cheaper route and purchased another Eclipse style knock off, but so far I’m very satisfied. I for those of you saying just sharpen Jigless, I hear you but sometime I’m not going to listen!

  1. Aaron Michalka
    July 15, 2021 at 5:10 am

    I’ve been considering the LN too. How does it do with non LN products…Fine I’m sure, but curious to hear a non biased opinion.

    • July 15, 2021 at 8:13 pm

      I’m currently working on a box that will require many of the types of planes I own so will give a more detailed comment then, so far no issues, I have both Narex Chsiels and mostly Stanley planes and no problems

    • Aaron Michalka
      July 17, 2021 at 6:37 am

      I assumed it would be fine. But…you never know.

  2. July 15, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Congrats on the new L-N jig, it’s on my list if I ever need to replace my Mk.II! The Mk.II is much better than the Mk.I. That one allowed the blades too slip like you noted. A big improvement is the small blade/chisel attachment which really holds chisels, even a 1/8″ wide one securely.

  3. mrbuddha1950
    July 15, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Looks like Veritas has a 3 point, side-clamping variation on the Eclipse now.

    • July 15, 2021 at 8:14 pm

      I’ll have to look and find somewhere to try it out, glad they made some changes I’m a big fan or Veritas tools in general.

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