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Sharpening Jig Amherst MA

When making this sharpening jig it’s important to make the slots at the correct angle so the bevels of the blades lay perfectly horizontal. This way the sandpaper will have even contact. Here you will learn how to make your own shop made jigs for woodworking. You also get the option of choosing to buy one of the many different sharpening jig power tools at the hardware supply stores in Amherst, MA listed below.

The Home Depot
(413)587-2790
350 Russell Street
Hadley, MA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-7:00pm

Bad Dogs Burl Source
(413) 213-0248
26 Barton Ave
Belchertown, MA

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Leon M Fiske Company, Inc. dba Forest Products Associates
(413) 772-6833
75 Oak Hill Rd.
Greenfield, MA

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Amherst Farmers Supply
(413) 253-3436
320 South Pleasant St
Amherst, MA
 
Lowe's
(413) 588-0270
282 Russell Street
Hadley, MA
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Architectural Timber & Millwork
(413) 586-3045
49 Mount Warner Road P.O. Box 719
Hadley, MA

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The Home Depot
(413)593-5400
655 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(413)773-9150
264 Mohawk Trail - Rt 2
Greenfield, MA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-7:00pm

Leader Home Centers
(413) 253-3411
150 College St
Amherst, MA
 
Leader Home Centers
(413) 665-8884
16 Elm St
South Deerfield, MA
 
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Sharpening Jig

Simple Sharpening Jig

I’ve tried several different shop-made jigs for sharpening my jointer and planer knives but this one has proved the simplest to use and make. 

When making this sharpening jig it’s important to make the slots at the correct angle so the bevels of the blades lay perfectly horizontal. This way the sandpaper will have even contact. My jointer blades required a 38-degree angle but check yours because it may be different. 

I also had to saw the angled slots with the board on its edge. That’s because my tablesaw (like most) tilts to only 45 degrees. This is not far enough for the slot to be cut with the board laying flat. Cutting it on its edge solves this problem. Take a look at your saw and you will see what I mean. Double-check the angle of your jointer knives and saw the slots to match. I added a blade guard to keep things safe.

For the sanding block I used chunks of 3/4-in. MDF with sheets of silicon carbide sandpaper attached with spray-on adhesive. I started with 220 grit and worked my way up to 600 grit for a final honing. 


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