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RICHARD KELL Honing Guide for Skewed Blades

View from above View from above showing hardened steel location dowels to the right of the blade.
View underneath View underneath

User notes:

The two fixed pins locate all square-ended blades and irons up to a width of 2-5/8 in. (67 mm) or skew blades up to approx. 2 in. (51 mm), depending on the angle of the skew. The sprung 'dissappearing pin' copes with Lie-Nielsen skew blades.

The location pins give you exact repeatablity. The rollers are 'Ertalite'® - a very expensive low friction material. Note: the spring is carbon steel, keep it away from water.

Any other skew is easily accomodated by making up a simple slip of hardwood to fit either next to the fixed or sliding pin - as skew angle dictates. Put a hang-up hole on it and write on what it is for. Thus you achieve excellent repeatability.

hardwood slip fit here German skewed blades like the ECE dovetail plane blade have the bevel mirror symmetrical - in opposite to the Lie-Nielsen #140 blade. In this case the slip of hardwood has to be fitted between blade and forward location pin.

This guide is made to interchangeable limits and pin positions are held to + - two thou. in. max. deviation from normal position. Everything is made by R. Kell and checked at every stage.

The required wedge tapers 1/4 in. to 1/2 in., over 2 in. + heel, say width 1-1/4 in. Remember to orientate the grain the right way, use hardwood and ensure the wedge fits snugly at right angles to axle bar. Wedge and blade is NOT included!

The combination of sprung pin for skew, combined with wedge clamping make this guide unique; both are excellent solutions.

Blade projection determines bevel angle. Measurement for this is much less critical than on the 0-1 in. R. Kell guide.

This is a high end quality tool making all plane irons easily handled.

honing guide This honing guide also copes with conventional square ended chisels and plane irons up to 2-5/8 in. (67 mm)
depth of clamping
Angles dependent on the depth of clamping
Distance edge - base plate Achieved angle
55 mm2-1/4 in. 17-1/2°
44 mm1-3/4 in. 20°
30 mm1-1/8 in. 25°
18 mm11/16 in. 30°
10 mm3/8 in. 35°
5 mm5/32 in. 40°
two boards beside the whetstone
outrigger board
An "outrigger" board will be needed, to allow the rollers to run guided. Four screws beneath a board stradding the stone enables exact height to be matched.
You can use plain wood or formica top, the wheels are very low friction.
The pictures show two different ways.
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