Club member Harry Howard of Medford, Oregon, came up with this simple, accurate method for sharpening his plane knife with a homemade jig. He used a block of hardwood large enough to accept a 2 x 6-in. oilstone as the jig body and inset two 1/16 x 1/2-in. steel runners on each side. He formed the knife rest from a small length of hardwood, through which he inserted a 1/4-in.-dia. steel rod. When sharpening the knife, Harry establishes the angle by using a sliding T-bevel placed behind the knife rest.
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