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A great toolI have both the Veritas Tool Rest and the Universal Grinding Jig. Whilst the initial investment is steep, I feel that these two are the best way to provide a consistent grinding angle on chisels and plane irons. I am a professional maker of 18th century reproductions (www.LineAndBerry.com) and I have tried many methods over the years, including my own home made jigs. It's really worth the investment to skip all that and just get these jigs. They are well made, and the two jigs work perfectly together. Over the long run they will save a lot of frustration, whilst ensuring perfectly hollow ground edges. There are many variables to consider whilst grinding. These jigs allow the fine tuning required to get it right.Remember to use light pressure and don't allow the edge to get too hot to touch.
Measurement of angleTool rest is ok.
gauge for measuring the angle is the most confusing item with all of the lines and marks it along with the instructions are very confusing.
I will continue to try using the gauge as I sharpen plane blades.
Grinding JigI have not put this device to the full test since the bench I'm to mount my grinders and sanders on is still under construction (it's cold down there in the basement boys and girls), it was rather impossible for me to refrain from playing with it a bit when it first arrived. I have both it and the little holding fixture which should be handy for the longer edges. I haven't yet decided exactly how to go about mounting since it will need to be moved between at least three different machines as need arises, some sort of portable jig would be nice, but likely to be obtrusive (it's not very large). Something will ferment on me as it usually does so I'm not concerned about it now. So many other things waiting on warmer weather! The long and short is however that this thing is very handy. Don't expect much accuracy until you've had some serious practice, and do get yourself a good angle gauge even if it's just a cheap little brass one with the different notches cut in it. A hone works wonders beyond words after you get your edge, and sharp tools are safer, much more effective, and infinitely more satisfying.