In Tricks of the Trade

When using a sharpening stone to hone the flat side of handplane irons or scraper plane blades, it can be difficult to grip the metal. Take an old knob off a handplane and glue or epoxy a rare earth magnet into the bottom screw hole. The magnet grabs the iron, and the comfort of the plane knob lets you hone away without issue – simple but effective.

Tom Fidgen

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