Sharpen Jointer Knives in Place
Get better cuts and spend less time fiddling with your machine
Synopsis: Sending jointer knives out for sharpening is inconvenient and the results are not always great. Also, re-setting the new knives in the jointer is a time-consuming and tedious job. So Hendrik Varju came up with a way to sharpen jointer knives without removing them from the cutterhead. A simple locking jig and his easy to understand instructions are all you need.
From Fine Woodworking #224
Sending jointer knives out for sharpening is inconvenient enough, but I’ve also been unhappy with the results. I’ve tried half a dozen sharpening services over the years, and the edges were rarely very fine and often quite coarse. Also, re-setting the new knives to perfection is a time-consuming and tedious task—time I’d much rather spend woodworking. For years, I’ve been trying to devise a reliable way to get really sharp knives without having to remove them from the cutterhead. Any freehand method wasn’t accurate enough.…