DIY Sharpening Jig for Chisels & Plane Blades

DIY Sharpening Jig for Chisels & Plane Blades

Using the Sharpening Jig:
In this tutorial I show you how to make a sharpening jig that’s great for sharpening chisels or a wood plane blade.
Keeping woodworking tools sharp, like plane blades and chisels makes woodworking easier and gives better results. Making your own DIY sharpening jig is not hard or complicated and with a few tools like a table saw or sliding mitre saw, a electric drill or drill press and a few bits of supplies, you can build this sharpening jig yourself.

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  1. Gideon Nel on April 3, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    This an extremely handy jig. Affordable to make because here in South Africa the brand names are very pricy! Thanks, Collin!

  2. Сергей Агарков on April 3, 2022 at 6:43 pm


  3. Jerry Campbell on April 3, 2022 at 6:44 pm


  4. william rodriguez on April 3, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Muy buena idea, práctico y económico; Gracias por su explicación, saludos desde Santa Cruz de Tenerife

  5. dgin09 on April 3, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    И как этим пользоваться? Где колесики или подшипники?

  6. Paul Tulk on April 3, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I have a horrible time cutting ready rod. Please can you help me with some tips to get it right first time?

  7. THILOKA MEEGAHAKUMBURA on April 3, 2022 at 6:50 pm


  8. Mark Kelmanson on April 3, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Love the video Colin; and your channel in general. It occurred to me that you don’t need to make such a ‘hard-wired’ measuring jig for guides built on this lovely simply principle. Also you don’t need to make the little angle wedge. Please bear with me!

    Simply take your (unnotched) base plate and lay it horizontal. At its end, fix a little vertical ‘wall’ at 90 degrees to the plate (making an L on its side). Push the blade-and-roller assembly firmly against this backstop and rotate the blade until its edge touches the base plate. Looking side-on, you now have a circle circumscribed by a right-angled triangle whose sides are the base, the wall and the blade.

    Using simple geometry you can get a really simple formula linking the angle of the bevel, the diameter of the roller and the distance from the wall that the blade hits the base plate. I’ve just done it and it works a treat 🙂 For your dowel of 1.25", the formula shows that a wall-to-bevel distance of 87.48mm gives exactly 25 degrees; 75.12mm would give 30 degrees, etc. Little stops could be put on the base plate for oft-repeated angles. Hope this helps.

  9. Sukhwinder Singh on April 3, 2022 at 6:51 pm


  10. Humblehombre on April 3, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    You description is a little too simple, almost like kindergarten teaching. I am certain some need this level, but it does not interest me. I flip through to the end, and I get your idea. I like you, and hope you might change a bit. Thank you for your work. Regards.

  11. Glyn Calow on April 3, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Am I wrong in thinking that the oil stone will wear away the radius of the dowel, with use, and thus alter the blade angle?

  12. Imran Mughal on April 3, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Nice work

  13. Thomas Noussis on April 3, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    I don’t understand, how does the V-notch used for aligning the blade not subtly change the angle of the blade by lowering one end in the jig?
    Or is it a negligible change in degree?

  14. Mike Prell on April 3, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    I own an ancient (early 1950’s) planer/joiner. I want to sharpen the three blades myself, using a jig styled after yours. Since I know little about what angle to use, would a 23 degree work ?

  15. Martin Walters on April 3, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but it appears when the dowel is in the "V" slot, and you tighten the wingnuts… then when you position the jig on a sharpening surface… now the angle is different…no?

  16. Jerry Johnson II on April 3, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Very Cool !!!! Thanks for the tip Sir

  17. Moe Beez on April 3, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Sometimes, or should I say most times, simple is better. This is one of those times. I’ve tried several other more complicated sharpening jigs. Aside from a "Worksharp" this is without a doubt the best jig out there. Simple to make, simple to use, and always end up with a super sharp and true blades. Thanks

  18. Kismet on April 3, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Endlich ein brauchbares Hilfsmittel um Geräte zu schärfen. Besten Dank für die Erklärung. Lorenzo

  19. Владимир Панченко on April 3, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Это что было?

  20. robert morin on April 3, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Either I didn’t pay attention or someone already posted this!? When applying the Thread Locker Blue- Loctite. Clean the SS all thread with alcohol before you apply it. It will cure quicker! Ya I didn’t use permanent! Maybe thats why!?

  21. Grimaldo Gonçalves Ferreira on April 3, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Embora seja muito simples, parece extremamente funcional! Obrigado por compartilhar coisas boas!

  22. Kong Mao168 on April 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Very nice…

  23. Essam Fayez on April 3, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    ياريت ترجمة بالعربى

  24. Thom Green on April 3, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    I guess this is a place to start but with every stroke you are changing the angle of the blade. better to use a set of wheels to ride on instead of a wood dowel.

  25. David Mathi Raj on April 3, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    YeHoVaH Bless….

  26. W. Apnj on April 3, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    That’s a clever design. Concerned about friction wearing out the dowel bottom. A Teflon rod may be a better material.

  27. Benedict Rehiesi on April 3, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    This is by far the simplest and most efficient jig I found working perfect.

  28. Dave Robbie on April 3, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing the free content. I should have tried this first before buying a sharpening jig plan which was a complicated design and did not work for me. This is a very simple design and I like how it ensures the blade is square with the side fence during setup.

  29. cat stevens on April 3, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    The 25 degree angle will change to 26 27 or 28 degree when the dowel is
    raised on a flat plate. Or am I missing something and being dumb?

  30. Jugin Str on April 3, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Nice jig!. Thanks a lot.

  31. Franco Scanfe on April 3, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    bravo bella idea

  32. Peter Fenwick on April 3, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Studied your video and hit the workshop. Works like a charm!! Thank you.

  33. Joe Grech on April 3, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    I like your videos they are so easy to understand.

  34. Jose Luis Landa on April 3, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Esta genial la idea, económico y fácil de realizar

  35. Amibois youssef on April 3, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    👍👍👍 menuiseire morooco

  36. Роман Тертеев on April 3, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Большое вам человеческое спасибо.

  37. ff ff on April 3, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    clever solution to an always not neatly solved problem!!!
    my advice: anaerobic thread locks (as the one you used) do better if you make them cure tightened
    regards from Argentina

  38. Norman McIntosh on April 3, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Excellent video Colin. Looking forward to trying mine out this morning. Thank you from Bonnie Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  39. ซาลาฮุดดีน ลักษณะอินท์ on April 3, 2022 at 7:26 pm


  40. Роман Козак on April 3, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Грубейшее нарушение ТБ,прижал заготовку струбциной со стальным штоком.Только дерево или пластик.

  41. peter travis on April 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    I’m glad someone did one without needing bearings because I really just wanted to make something with what I had on hand in the shop

  42. Ian Watts on April 3, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    great jig and just as a FYI or heads up – cutting dowell can be easiest done on the band saw by using a vee shaped piece of wood with the dowell placed on the vee with the required amount protruding from the end of the wood. it can be made so the piece of wood is slotted in the mitre slot on the band saw

  43. чингизид чингизид on April 3, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Бэккэ толкуйдаабыт эбиккин👍, мин эрэй бөҕө көрөр этим, үтүктэн оҥостуон буоллаҕа.Махтал буоллун ытык кырдьаҕас✊

  44. KENNY C on April 3, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    How long do you expect the 1 1/4 inch dowel to last after it’s rubbed many times over abrasive paper ? Won/t the angle of the bevel on the plane iron change as the dowel wears ??

  45. Jan Franciszek Stonoga on April 3, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Dobre ok

  46. Евгений Артамонов on April 3, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Молодец товарищ, хорошая штуковина

  47. Saif ul malook on April 3, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    question – wont the wood simply get sanded down with each pass and create a shallower angle every time?

  48. Dai Burt on April 3, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    The wood will wear down on the store and throw your angle off

  49. paul Jackson on April 3, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Ya ya ya… no drill press… always gotta have some special tool to do this diy stuff….

  50. Fernando Crotti on April 3, 2022 at 7:39 pm