Why a Chisel Sharpening Jig? If you're into plane shaping, then you probably already own one or more sharpening jigs. If you sharpen many plane blades and chisels, you probably understand just how important it is always to get into the correct angle. Many beginners spend countless hours honing their planes, until finally something goes wrong and they are ready to throw them out. Never again!
A lot of people start by buying a cheap plane blade grinder, then they add honing bits to make it sharper. This is okay for them, but you can do better. It's time to invest in a quality jig that will do the heavy-duty work for you. Most often these sharpening jigs come with a parts kit and template. Some even come with an instructional DVD.
But don't let the fancy jig fool you. If you want super sharp results, then you need to get the sharpener into the right angle, and in the right place. For example, if you are making a birdhouse, put the sharpener at the exact center. You'll get the best possible result. The same holds true for sanding.
Another advantage of using a chisel sharpening jig is that you can cut many woodworking sizes, including small plastic model airplanes. Many people have problems with cutting too much material from the wood, because the steel blades cut too much. With the adjustable blades that most models come with, you can put your cutting teeth on a much finer scale.
You will need something to hold your chisel sharpener in place, such as a set of locking pliers. It's important to have good leverage when doing this type of woodworking task, because the force that the blade needs to cut at an angle is much greater than the force that it has to grind at a angle. A chisel sharpening jig is just the tool you need to accomplish this task. By putting the teeth of the blade at the correct angle, the edges will be honed and the cutting action will be consistent.
You can make a chisel sharpening jig out of any metal piece that can be bent into the right shape. A saw blade, a bit or a socket, metal card and anything that can bend can serve as the core of your new tool. Simply drill a hole through whatever material you choose and insert the steel core into the hole, like the way you would a tuning fork. The edge will be sharpened by the chisel sharpening jig and then be ready for use.
There are many different ways you can use your new tool. Many woodworkers will use their chisel sharpening jig to create a rabbet or a groove in wood so that they can chip away at the wood instead of sawing it. You can also use them to create a fillet for fish that has been caught and prepared for cooking. You can even use them to punch holes for installing shelving and other woodworking projects.
If you have an idea that doesn't seem practical, but you think it could work, why not try creating your own version of a chisel sharpening system using a fingernail profile sharpening jig? These jigs are readily available online and in good condition. It may be just what you're looking for to take your hobby to the next level.
A lot of the tools used for this procedure are readily available in your local hardware store. All you will need is a few basic tools like a chisel, a honing guide, wood putty and a wood block. The beauty of these tools is that you can purchase them in different sizes. This allows you to choose one that best fits your needs. If you have flat jaws, you will require a smaller flat jaws jig; if you have thicker jaws, a larger honing guide is required.
To make your own chisel sharpening jig, first you will need to gather your basic tools. A large flat wooden block such as a wood shingle, wood block grinder, wood screw and a chisel are the basics that you will need. If you are going to build a small cabinet, you might consider purchasing a small table saw along with a chisel as well. You can also find many do it yourself videos online to give you step by step instructions on how to assemble a cabinet. However, if you are new to DIY projects, you should probably start off using the videos provided.
If you have some experience with DIY projects, you may want to invest in a good tool box that has multiple tools. This will allow you to organize your tools and make it easier to work with. It will also keep the flat blades clean and dry during the process of honing. When it comes to a chisel sharpening jig, it will depend on what type of cutting surface you are working on.