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    Homemade Grinding Jig MkII

    Well, I finally gave in and ditched the old wooden jig, it was flawed in that the way the jig tightened down on the tool placed in it, it would not always keep the tool squarely in place.........

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    You can see the bent piece of metal I tried to use to keep things flat, it was flat at one time, but repeated use made a dimple in it. The other thing is the glue on the wood was starting to weaken in several areas, so it was time for a new improved jig.


    so I broke out the MIG and the grinders, and went to work......

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    (sorry about the small pics, my cell phone camera just decided to start taking smaller pics Must be a Windoze OS )

    That is a couple hours work, I took it for a spin, and boy does it work well!

    The main difference is the heft of the jig, it is a LOT heavier than the old wooden one, and I'm finding the extra mass makes for an even smoother grind.

    Yeah, I know, I'm too cheap to buy what I can build, but there is a method to my madness, I would have actually bought (SHOCK) the Oneway Vari-grind jig, but the hole in it is too small (just) to fit my P&N Supra gouge, so there would be not much point in buying a jig that I could not use with one of the tools I already own.

    Cheers!
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    William Arthur Ward

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    Looks great Stu. I wish I had the time, skills, patience to make such things. Now that my dad is part of this family, I hope he post pics of all the tools, jigs etc he has made....Dad did you hear that?

    Stu, I don't want to hyjack your thread, but my dad might need some encouragement from all of us to take some pics and post some more....if you know what I mean!!

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    Dad, post some darn pics would ya, don't hold out on us!!
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    Stu that is a good looking job. Looks like it is going to work just fine.

    Yep wish dad would get some pics posted to. Would like to see that lathe.
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    Looks good Stu. Im curious, how did you cut the curved slot? It looks great for not having a mill.
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    Thanks guys!

    Bruce, I cut it the old fashioned way, SWEAT

    Drilled a series of 8mm holes next to each other in an arc, cut out the waste with my jigsaw, sporting a metal cutting blade (slowly, with lots of cutting oil) and then I clamped it in the vice, and got out the round file, as well as a half round file and had at it, took maybe 15 minutes.

    Cheers!
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    Actually Bruce, Stu purchased a Vari-jig and took the grinder to it. Just to give it that shop made look.
    Seriously Stu, it looks like it came from the factory. I was lazy and bought one on sale.

    Wes

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    Don't bring it stateside. I'm afraid that the makers of the Wolverine might yell about patent infringement.

    Great job.

    Bruce

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    Certainly I used the vari-grind as a starting point, and I would have gladly bought one, but, like I said, the hole is not big enough for my P&N Supra Gouge, which I really like for roughing green blanks.

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    Looks great Stu. I wish I had the time, skills, patience to make such things. Now that my dad is part of this family, I hope he post pics of all the tools, jigs etc he has made....Dad did you hear that?

    Stu, I don't want to hyjack your thread, but my dad might need some encouragement from all of us to take some pics and post some more....if you know what I mean!!
    Dad!

    Show us how it's done!
    (please )

    DT

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