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Can Your Jig Hold 30 Degree Angle Skew Knives?

Q: Can I sharpen skew knives with a 30° angle?

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30 Grade Skew Knife

Hi Allan! I was a bit mistaken, it’s not 50, but about a 30 grade angle. This is the optimal angle of our skew knives. Take a look on this photo attached to see it. Please let me know if your jig is able to handle that.

~ Vadim, Latvia

This is part two of Vadim’s original question. See part one here.

A: No problem, attach a simple step clamp.

I am SO glad you asked this question. Thanks to your inquiry, I came up with an accurate way to hold 30° angle blades or knives in our jig. It’s a simple solutions and I think you’ll like it.
To make this jig accessory  you’ll need these few items as well as a drill press and a drill bit.

  • a small piece of wood
  • 2 pieces of steel
  • a nut, bolt, and a washer

I drilled a hole in the two pieces of steel to align them and act as a clamping element.  I countersunk the bolt head on the bottom piece. Add a small piece of wood as a step clamp. Then put your knife holding set up under the u-channel of The Ultimate Sharpening Jig and you are ready to go. Clamp your blade, knife or chisel in place and start sharpening!

I made a video to show what I mean. Let me know if you have any more questions.

~ Allan Little, AskWoodMan

In the demo video below I show how to position a piece of wood (a mock up for a skew knife) in The Ultimate Sharpening Jig.

 

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What About Sharpening Skew Chisel Type Blades?

Q: So, what about sharpening “skew chisel” type of blades, especially with quite big skew angle?

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Here’s a photo I took of the General Jig. This was before I invented the Ultimate Sharpening Jig.

I’m a cobbler and my knife is like your skew chisels, however its “skew” angle can be more, about 50 grade angle. The width can be about 1 1/2 inches (3,5-3.8cm) and the thickness about 0.79 inches. I already had the General tools jig, but I just wasn’t able to clamp my knife in the jig at the correct angle, so the cutting edge to be absolutely parallel to diamond stone, because the General’s jig width wasn’t wide enough (the width of the space where the knife is inserted). What about that problem in your new jig? Take a look on this photo I’ve just attached, it’s your photo showing my knife in the General tool jig. As I said, if the angle would be more than this one, I wasn’t able to sharpen that, because I wasn’t able to further turn my knife to achieve the parallel cutting edge.

~ Vadim, Latvia

After Vadim first wrote me (early 2012 before I had invented the Ultimate Sharpening Jig) I took piece of wide angled steel and positioned it in the General jig at an angle as best I could. (photo right). Vadim tried but couldn’t get his large blade secured at the angle he needed in the General Jig. But now, thanks to the versatility of The Ultimate Sharpening Jig, not only is it possible, it’s quick and accurate too!

A: No Problem With The Ultimate Sharpening Jig

I don’t have a blade like that but I cut a piece of wood 40mm wide (even wider than your requirements) with a 50 degree angle. As you can see with The Ultimate Sharpening Jig the bevel can be set parallel with even a little room to spare. Please see detailed photos below.

~ Allan Little, AskWoodMan

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A piece of wood used to represent skew chisel
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The Ultimate Sharpening Jig can accommodate skew chisel type blades at an angle.
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Skew Chisel, Skew Blade demonstration using The Ultimate Sharpening Jig.

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How To Sharpen Carving Chisels And Corner Chisels

I want to show you my technique for how to sharpen carving chisels and corner chisels. I’ve had these tools for years but I didn’t use them as often as I wanted because they used to be difficult to sharpen. Consequently they were never ready when I needed to use them. But they are now.

Sharpening is really machining.

By that I mean it’s a controlled material-removal process. It is impossible for the human hand to hold a tool at a precise cutting angle to produce a perfect facet. You can see Wikipedia’s definition here: “Machining is any of various processes in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final shape and size by a controlled material-removal process.”

Prior to the Ultimate Sharpening Jig the ONLY way to sharpen these types of tools was by free hand sharpening. The Ultimate Sharpening Jig has such versatility that by using various shims and wedges you can secure corner chisels, carving chisels or just about any shaped tool for sharpening.

How To Sharpen Carving Chisels and Corner Chsels
Sharpening a 90 Degree Corner Chisel using the Ultimate Sharpening Jig

In the demo video below I show how to sharpen carving chisels and corner chisels using The Ultimate Sharpening Jig.

 

I haven’t done much carving but I like to use the V-Carving Chisel (105 degrees exterior bevel) to clean corners and confined spaces of joinery. My V-Carving Chisel is a Two Cherries brand, made in Germany, the steel is 62rc and is amazingly hard and had been difficult to sharpen prior to using the jig. You gotta love German steel!

The  90 Degree Corner Chisel (interior bevel) is really handy for squaring mortise corners after routing. I’ve had this Hirsch Werkzeuge corner chisel for over 20 years but rarely ever used it because it was never sharp. Now I’m using it all the time and it’s wicked sharp.

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Here is my supply list for this sharpening/machining process as seen in the video.

  • 2 Two-sided DMT Diamond Stones 2×6″, Extra Fine/Fine and Extra Course/Course
  • Simple Green
  • Spray Bottle
  • Spring Clamps (To hold DMT stones and Stone holder)
  • The Ultimate Sharpening Jig
  • Granite Counter Top Drop (used for flat work surface)
  • Scrap Wood Shims/Wedges

NOTE:  I stacked the two DMT stones together for better tool access to the bevel. You don’t have to stack two stones you can use anything as a riser.

90-Degree-Chisel-Sharpening

No matter how steady you think your hand is, it’s impossible to equal the precision of a secure jig. Once you get your tool secure you are creating a machined edge. For years I thought the best jig out there was the General Sharpening Jig. In fact I did the Complete Sharpening Series on YouTube (48 videos) back in 2010. It had numerous issues with it though, and that’s why I invented The Ultimate Sharpening Jig. It solved all the problems I was having with the plastic General Sharpening Jig and then some. Everything I showed in the Complete Sharpening Series still holds true with the except of the General Sharpening Jig. If you follow the instructions and use the Ultimate Sharpening Jig it will turbo charge the entire process to warp speed.
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How To Sharpen Small Tools Using The Ultimate Sharpening Jig

You’ve seen videos of me sharpening big tools, wide tools, and thick tools. Now I want to show you how the Ultimate Sharpening Jig can handle the tiniest tools. And this includes skewed and beveled blades. In the video below I show how to sharpen small tools using the Ultimate Sharpening Jig, the Makita 9820 Horizontal Waterstone and my DMT diamond stones.

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The Ultimate Sharpening Jig works great for sharpening small tools

Jeff Fischer and I are working on an exciting new design of marking gauge that is in the final development stages. I wanted to use one of the prototypes in my shop but it didn’t have a blade yet. Sharpening small tools is always a challenge, but once you have a solid system of holding your tool securely (i.e. The Ultimate Sharpening Jig)  you are well on your way. By using small pieces of wood to act as step clamps under the u-channel I was able to quickly secure the steel into position. I then used the Ultimate Sharpening Jig to present the tool steel to the powered water stone to quickly and cooly grind the angle I wanted.

The strategy was to start with water stone and quickly establish the initial facet on the steel since it had never had one before. I then moved to the diamond stones for final sharpening and honing without ever adjusting the tool steel from it’s original position. It’s nice to be able to secure the blade in the jig one time and then be able to move freely from the water stone to the diamond stones.

I can not imagine a simpler or more precise way to sharpen small tools than this. The number of ways tools can be hold in this jig are limited only by the craftsmen’s imagination.

View more hi resolution photos of the The Ultimate Sharpening Jig on our Flickr page.

 

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Powermatic Table Saw Guide Rail Variation – A Simple Solution

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Our Standard T-Square works perfectly with any 2″ x 3″ Biesemeyer style guide rail system. However, sometimes steel tubing can be slightly oversized from the manufacturer. We have found that this is particularly common with guide rails that are provided on the Powermatic table saw. The oversized dimension is generally 1/16 inch over 3 inches making for a tight fit that requires a slight adjustment. The UHMW VerySuperCool Tools T-square glides are very thick and robust and allow for trimming to size for the perfect fit. This generally entails removing 1/32 inch on the spring steel glides and the flapper glide. This can easily be accomplished with a simple benchtop setup using a block plane and some scrap wood.

I the video below I show the method I use to accurately make this minor adjustment.

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WoodWhisperer Table Saw Fence Review “The Possibilities Are Endless. It Just Works.”

The WoodWhisperer table saw fence review of the VerySuperCool Tools fence system.

Read complete transcript from Marc Spagnuolo’s table saw fence video review below.

“Most American made cabinet saws come with a very similar fence. As long as you are spending a decent amount of money and are getting a good one, you’ll find it has what they call a Biesemeyer-Style fence. Where you have this very thick rail that the fence rides on, and the fence itself is sort of like a t-square shape, so that when you cinch it in place it locks it into a confirmation that is pretty much exactly where you set it. And it holds that position every time, no matter where you put the fence on the saw. So they are very reliable. This to me, is one of the best systems on the market and if you get a saw with something like a Biesemeyer style fence you’ll be much happier than some of the other crazy ones that are out there.

I used to own a Craftsman saw years ago that had a round rail and the system that you used to cinch it down, it just seemed to move the orientation of the fence so if I lock it down in one spot it doesn’t necessarily mean that if I move it six inches over and lock it down again that it would still be in alignment with the blade. So it’s a big problem on a table saw. So these fences are fantastic, but they are fairly limited. As you can see there is not much that you can do with this, and at the table saw, you know as well as I do, it’s all about jigs and other things that you can attach to the saw and to the fence that really make the table saw one of the useful tools in the workshop.

So what can we do with this saw to actually make it better, or how can we improve this fence really is what it comes down to. Well, fortunately there is a product out there now and I want to make sure you guys are aware of it because it’s a pretty good option. If you have a Biesemeyer Style fence you can upgrade to a VerySuperCool Tools fence. They sent me one to test out and I wanted to show it to you. So let me take this guy and put him out of the way here and show you the VerySuperCool Tools version which is this bad boy. Now this drops into your existing bar here, you don’t really have to do anything other than add the fence itself. The rail is still the same rail and it just works.


“The fence itself is an aluminum extrusion with all of these t-tracks in it. So now, really the possibilities are endless for what you can add to this. It’s built to be built upon.” ~ Marc Spagnuolo

Woodwhisperer Table Saw Fence Review
The WoodWhisperer Table Saw Fence Review

The cool thing about this you’ll notice first of all, is this is really the key to the whole thing is this aluminum extrusion part here. The fence itself is an aluminum extrusion with all of these t-tracks in it. So now, really the possibilities are endless for what you can add to this. It’s built to be built upon. As opposed to our standard fences where you just kind of have to rig something up or build something that cradles the fence system. This one will lock right in. Now this is brand new to me I’ve only had it for a couple of days so I haven’t really built anything for it that I can use to really show off it’s capabilities. I can’t wait to actually have a chance to dig into this stuff. But I will show you one of the tall fences that they sent me to try out. That should hopefully illustrate how useful this can be for you. Let’s check it out.

So what I have here is just a piece of Baltic Birch ply with some holes in it. This side has laminate on it which makes this a nice surface to ride your work up against, nice and smooth. And the bolts and screw heads here are recessed and counter bored holes, so this way, as you are moving your work piece across you don’t have to worry about contacting the heads of these screws. Now the t-track assembly accepts these little t-track nuts so as long as they are in alignment we should be able to get these on in these two tracks fairly easily.

Let me just tighten the fence down. Now we’ve got a nice tall auxiliary fence for running vertical pieces across the table saws. So maybe raised panels or anything where you have one of these larger panels that you need to work on the edge. You really need a tall fence for that. So this makes it really super easy to add an auxiliary fence.

Now another thing we need to be concerned about when you have a tall fence like this, is squareness. It needs to be perfectly square to the table, so if it’s not, it’s actually a very quick adjustment. All you need is an Allen wrench and you just make a slight adjustment to these nylon screws and that will tilt it one way or the other for really precise control for getting the squareness of this fence set.

“Another thing I really love about this fence system is the fact that is it dead straight.” ~ Marc Spagnuolo

Another thing I really love about this fence system is the fact that is it dead straight. This is something that doesn’t really happen that often when it comes to table saw fences. Most all of them have some sort of waviness to them that we have to deal with. Now, I’ll be honest, mine, I’ve got these plastic faces on there. Well every place a bolt holds it to the body, it winds up creating a bit of a valley, because the bolt is pulling that plastic material in. The good thing though, is as you are ripping, most of the time, the work piece, if it’s long enough, it just going to ride on the high points. So as long as those high points are in alignment, in the same, they are sort of parallel with your blade, you won’t ever really notice them. And they really are very, very small and minute. It may come into play if you are referencing in one of those valleys in a cross cut let’s say, and then you push forward and it goes out of that valley you may have registration issues. But most of the time, it’s a fairly minor factor, at least on my saw.

But, if you are fed up with yours, and you’ve got one that has lots of dips and valleys and you just can’t get a good straight registration off of it, something like this is absolutely awesome. This sucker is going to stay flat and it’s never going to be a problem. It’s just one less thing that you have to worry about.

Now I just looked around my table saw and I thought, what were the most common things that I try to do with the table saw that require some sort of accessory that I have either purchased or made. Here is a little stop, this kind of cradles/straddles my fence and allows me to reference from my fence but then gives me some extra room back here so that when the offcut is released it’s not caught between the fence and the blade. So something like this, I had to build. I’ve got another piece of the plastic material that my fence is made from, and I use this by burying the dado when I want to do something like a rabbit that goes right up to the edge. I bury it in there, but I need a special set of clamps to hold this to the fence. By the way the clamping system for this homemade guy is actually built in, I just use some of the knobs I got from Rockler and that holds it in place. This one is a purchased product, it usually runs about $80-$90 dollars. It’s a tenoning jig, very handy to have, but the cool thing is all three of these, and a bunch of other things that I can’t even think of off the top of my head, can be made to incorporate with this one existing fence. And I know on their website they actually do have a demonstration where you can actually see a tenoning jig made with this system which is absolutely fantastic. So no more array of clamps, you don’t have to worry about having the clamps holding things and being in your way. Half the time if you can get it clamped, the clamp head is usually in a precarious position or it might just be, flat out in the way of the work piece. So you have the option to avoid that with this system. So a lot of cool possibilities and hopefully in the future I’ll be able to really dig in and show you how this things starts to save you money in the long run.

“…a worthy upgrade, especially if you are sick of having a ton of accessories with different clamps and things like that for various set ups.” ~ Marc Spagnuolo

So clearly, I think this is a pretty cool product. But I get a lot of products sent to me, that don’t always make it into the form of video and put out to you guys. The reason I decided to focus on this one, aside from the fact that I think it is very useful to anyone who has a table saw, is really the fact that this is a company of two people. Two guys are doing this. Allan Little, who is AskWoodMan on YouTube you might recognize that name and his partner Jeff Fischer, who was one of his YouTube subscribers. They basically got together built this company and they are coming out with a whole array of products under the VerySuperCool Tools name. And as one small business to another, I’d really like to throw as much support to these guys as possible and it really, really, helps when it’s actually a good product. You know, something that they can really stand behind and something that I can tell you is a good product and I know you are going to enjoy it in your shop. So, I’d like to throw a little support their way when possible. So, check it out. I’m going to leave this on the table saw, I don’t see any reason at this point to go back to the one comes with my saw. I do think this was a worthy upgrade, especially if you are sick of having a ton of accessories with different clamps and things like that for various set ups. So check it out, it’s VerySuperCool Tools.” – end of transcript

See Marc Spanuolo’s original table saw fence review as published on TheWoodWhisperer.com Nov 29, 2012.

We highly recommend visiting TheWoodWhisperer.com for access to free podcasts, downloads, videos and even more product reviews. And in case you didn’t know, there is also The Wood Whisperer Guild for those that want to learn more and be part of an awesome woodworking community.

 

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“Ask The Steel Guy” Makes His Own Table Saw Fence Guide Rails

Last month Jerome Pfeifer purchased a VerySuperCool Tools Universal T-Square Table Saw Fence system for his two table saws. In his shop he has two different styles of table saws; a Unisaw and a contractor’s saw, but he wasn’t happy with either fence system. The fences were not interchangeable, and both guide rail systems were old and inaccurate.

Jerome knew he wanted to upgrade, but he hadn’t decide the best way to do it, until he saw our product.

I immediately saw the enormous potential with the VerySuperCool detachable t-square table saw fence system and realized it could do double duty and I could use the same fence on both of my table saws. ~ Jerome Pfeifer

Once Jerome had the T-Square and Aluminum Extrusion fence in his possession, he began to address his subpar guide rail situation.  Jerome didn’t have a Biesemeyer Fence to copy or refer to, but after we had a few conversations and shared some photos via email he had a clear picture of what he needed to do. In no time he knocked out a new guide rail system for both his Unisaw and his contractor’s saw using standard steel available from any steel supply source.

Lucky for us, Jerome decided to film the entire process since he just became AskTheSteelGuy on YouTube. This first video series about fabricating the guide rails for his two table saws is now available on his new YouTube channel.  All 5 videos are also posted below.

Jerome Pfeifer is a master welder and metal worker from Colorado. He has been welding since he was 13 years old. Years ago he was the foreman of a fabrication company that specialized in internal repairs on railroad cars for Coors Brewing Company. In addition he also taught welding classes at night for company employees in order to help others improve their skills. Today Jerome is a busy business man with many irons in the fire. He is still learning, still creating and still sharing his knowledge, and now, thanks to the internet, we can all benefit from his decades of experience.

AskTheSteelGuy knows just about everything there is to know about every type of welding and machining. He’s fabricated structural steel greenhouses, food grade stainless vessels, wrought iron furniture and everything in-between.

VerySuperCool Tools is very happy that Ask The Steel Guy generously documented his process and shared his knowledge for this very interesting table saw fence guide rail process.  Now everyone who is interested in upgrading their table saw can see that this is an accessible, rewarding and affordable project. I believe it cost him less than $100 to fabricate two guide rails.

Thank you Jerome! We’re so glad that you are enjoying your new VerySuperCool T-square and aluminum extrusion fence. And thanks again for the great shout to VerySuperCool Tools on your video series. We really appreciate it.

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If You Own A Biesemeyer Style Table Saw Fence You Can’t Afford Not To Have This Tool

Let me tell you about my VerySuperCool Table Saw Fence!

Last February, when I was watching AskWoodMan’s latest series “How to Make a Biesemeyer Table Saw Fence” and saw how he used an aluminum extrusion as a fence, I knew I had to have one.

I have been a woodworker and woodworking enthusiast for the past 26 years. I’ve watched countless hours of DIY and How To videos on YouTube. YouTube is such a great resource for new techniques and to see how other guys handle situations and scenarios that I may encounter.  I’m a fan of Marc Spagnuolo – The Wood WhispererMatthias Wandel, Steve Ramsey – Woodworking for Mere Mortals, and Allan Little – AskWoodMan.TV just to name a few. I have purchased plans, used ideas, and have been inspired to make projects from watching these guys. However, I had no idea a new table saw fence was about to change my entire workshop experience.

Aluminum Extrusion Table Saw Fence

I immediately saw huge potential for this unique & very versatile design.

This Biesemeyer table saw fence is a classic from the 1970's.

Inspired by the Beisemeyer design, which has been around since the early 70’s, Allan took it up a level. Now it is possible to own one table saw t-square and have multiple fences with various set ups attached. Allan and I have the same General 350 Table Saw, so I knew it would be a perfect fit. What I didn’t know were all the possibilities that would be opened up for me as a woodworker.

What I personally like the most about this aluminum extrusion table saw fence is how easy it is to attach jigs and fixtures. The extrusion thickness (Which is about 1/3 of the original Biesemeyer) is so much easier to work with. No more universal fence clamps. The slots provide all the connection points you need for accessories like feather boards, stops, tenon jigs and auxiliary fences.

Aluminum extrusion table saw fence in Jeff's shop.Guys I can’t tell you how much money and time I spent to get these jigs and fixtures to work on my Biesemeyer table saw fence. It is a great fence, don’t get me wrong, but this fence from VSC Tools brings together the best of both worlds. If you own a Biesemeyer style fence you can’t afford not to have this tool.

I’ve been using the VerySuperCool Universal T-Square Table Saw Fence System in my shop since March 15, 2012. It has changed the way I work and it WILL change the way you work too!