Lathe Tools: Making a Tool Sharpening Jig

What You'll Need
2 pieces of 13 cm Beech wood (19 x 38 mm)
4 small wood screws
1 pieces of 8 cm Beech wood (19 x 38 mm)
1 piece of 10 cm Beech wood with a hill tilting end (19 x 38 mm)
2 pieces of 2 x 6 mm threaded insert
6 mm studding nuts and washer
6 mm clamping knob
8 mm Coach Bolt nut and washer
8 mm Coach Bolt nut with end removed and washer
1 piece of 90 x 80 x 3 mm metal plate

Lathe tools are spinning machines that are used for sanding, knurling, cutting as well as sharpening. A jig is use to control any items that requires sharpening, sanding, cutting and knurling. For lathe tools: making a tool sharpening jig sounds like a lot of hard work and it certainly does require a lot of work, nevertheless it can still be done.

Step 1 – Constructing the Base

First, draw and drill holes on all four corners of the metal plate. Using the metal plate as guide, align both long pieces of Beech wood and trace the holes on both ends of the two pieces of woods. Then screw the metal plate onto the wood making sure the screws go into the traced holes. Drill a hole in the middle of both Beech woods so that the Coach Bolt nut should be able to glide through between the two wood.

Step 2 – Piecing Together the First Jig

Make a hole on the front of the 8 cm Beech wood just 10 mm from the top and drill a hole through the Beech wood on its side. Place a small Beech wood in between the two long wood and place the Coach Bolt nut through the holes that will connect all three woods together. The smaller wood should be able the tilt up and down freely. Fasten the bolt using the studding nuts and washer.

Step 3 – Starting on the Second Jig

Take the last piece of Beech wood and make a hole on the hill tilting side. Make another hole just 10 mm from the top of the end of the wood. Now drill through a hole at the top of Beech wood until you are able to see the tip. This hole is to place the clamping knob. Once that hole is done, place the washer through the top of the hole as well as into the hole at the hill tilting side.

Step 4 – Completing the Second Jig

Take the Coach Bolt nut with the end removed and place it on the hole on the hill tilting side. Place the studding nut and washer to tighten the grip. Place the clamping knob at the top of the wood. This clamping knob is used to hold and tool that will be sharpen into place.

Step 5 – Putting Both Jigs Together

Take the second jig and place the other end of the Coach Bolt nut onto the hole made on the small wood on the basic jig. Now your sharpening jig is ready to be used. The small wood on the base needs to able to move up and down freely so it would create less friction while sharpening any tools.