I recently decided to try another modification to my sharpening regime. I came across Paul Seller's blog and across his youtube channel. Very informative but I especially locked in on his sharpening technique. Overall, it is only a small modification to my free hand technique but the key difference is the Paul is trying to achieve a slightly convex bevel with no micro or secondary bevel. In watching his videos, the part that attracted me is how fast it was. I have been using a combination of a Tormek to establish a concave primary bevel and then free hand to establish a secondary bevel. It's slow. After trying this out on 3 or 4 planes, I loved it. I was achieving very sharp edges after a short time.
All that pre-amble was my way of telling you I needed to take a detour from my wife's jewelry box. I needed to make some bench hooks. Specifically ones for my sharpening set up but I thought I'd make a few standard ones too.
I'm using oak and am modeling the hooks after a pair I purchased from Bad Axe Toolworks. It's a simple but very solid and durable design. Essentially it's a 3/4" platform with 1 1/2" anchors using a 1/4" groove to mount the anchors.
Now it's a matter of fitting the anchors for each hook and then the top fence.
For the sharpening hooks, there will be an anchor on the bottom and on the top, I will install a low border around the outer edge of the hook with the purpose of containing any water from sharpening.
I'll show the progress in the next few posts.
I think that I'll also make a sticking board which is a much longer bench hook for the purpose of jointing an edge and/or creating a moulding using moulding planes. I will need the sticking board for some mouldings for my wife's jewelry box.