Grinder Tool Rest Jig


This simple jig makes it easy to set your rest to specific, repeatable angles.
By Bruce D. Wedlock
Pages: 62-63

From the April 2009 issue #175
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The many articles on sharpening chisels and plane irons always include some discussion of the desirable bevel angle of the blade. For chisels, it ranges from 20° for paring chisels to 25° for bench chisels to 30° or even 35° for mortise chisels. But how does one accurately set the grinder’s tool rest to achieve the desired angle? And how might the curvature of the hollow grind come into play?

Years of trial and error finally prompted my development of a simple jig to quickly set the grinder’s tool rest to a specific bevel angle in an accurate and repeatable manner. The detailed analysis involves substantial geometry and trigonometry.


From the April 2009 issue #175
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