You’ve mastered sharpening your plane blades and chisels; now it’s time to work on getting those curved tools razor sharp. One way to ensure an even edge is to use a jig like the Oar Sharpener.
Designed by Ross Oar and machined in the U.S. by West Falls Woodcarvings (Ross and Barbara Oar’s company), the aluminum sharpening jig clamps over the tool to keep its edge at the correct sharpening angle. Besides gouges and V-tools, the Oar Sharpener will also work with bench chisels up to 1-1/2″ wide.
The Oar Sharpener comes with complete instructions. Pricing starts around $29 before shipping.
If you sharpen your own handsaws or backsaws, the Gramercy Tools 14″ Saw Vise, seen on Ron Hock’s The Sharpening Blog, might just be the clamp you’re looking for. Its ¼” thick machined steel jaws are set at 45° to the saw, providing clearance for your files and allowing you to slope the gullets. The rotating clamping cam has lots of travel and provides plenty of pressure at the jaws. It’s designed to be bolted to a bench for more rigidity and less flex.
The Tools for Working Wood site has some interesting notes on how the design process went for this saw vise.
The vise’s pre-production price is $98.95 (shipment “sometime in October”).
14″ Saw Vise [Manufacturer’s Site]
Rod Naylor designed this drill clamp to be part of his Supersharp Sharpening System — it lets you mount your electric drill to your bench and tilt it to any angle in any direction. Besides sharpening you can also use this setup for sanding, buffing, polishing, or anything else that requires you to move the work over a stationary tool.
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