Shop Jigs & Fixtures

Shop Jigs & Fixtures

These are some of the jigs I have made for working on knives.

Toggle Clamp for Knives?

This is a toggle clamp attached to a piece of MDF shelf with plastic veneer. The clamp holds the knife for fine sanding and is quick to flip the blade over.









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Beside my 1x30 machine I made a holder for a yogurt pot. This holds water for cooling between passes.











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This is my beveling jig.


The vertical piece is adjustable by way of slotted hole and 1/4" bolt.






















Bevelling in action. It helps to make a nice Scandinavian grind.










Some detail on the jig if you want to make something similar.




















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Tempering oven: $10 on Kijiji. This plugged into an inexpensive timer (w/ 2 hour on delay) lets me do the tempering almost automatic.







To run the oven at 2 hour times I use this timer. Simple and effective.


Woods 50030 Indoor Countdown Timer, 1-Outlet Grounded


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Scale clamps. Inexpensive Vise-grips with leather epoxied to the jaws so they don't mar the scales during glue-up.






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Sand paper clamps. Right above the toggle clamp of course! And hides the fluorescent lamp from line of sight, yet the reflections lets me see any tiny imperfections when I am finishing.






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BG272 Belt Grinder

My homemade 2 x 72" belt grinder. 2hp with variable speed.











Small wheel attachment for the BG272













 10" contact wheel attachment for the BG272. Shown here with a Scotch-Brite belt.





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Numbered Jobber bits. These 3 cobalt bits are the work horses of tang drilling. The F, 12 and 30 are great for making holes for pins and lanyard tubes. They are slightly oversized when compared to the fractional sizes. This allows for easy fits and expansion of steel during heat treatment.






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Need to enlarge a hole that is slightly smaller than you want? I found a diamond coated 1/8" die grinder bit works wonderfully on hardened steel.
















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I had a chef's knife warp on me during heat treatment. I made this simple straightening jig and the toaster oven to make it straight again. By applying pressure on certain sections of the blade while heating to tempering temps, this baby worked wonders. Great save man!

















Some folks use an old file and c-clamps to apply pressure during straightening...












One of my most used things: In the drill press and this does a variety of metal, wood and plastic shaping where most belts won't go.
Woodstock D3292 Drum Sanding Kit, 16-Piece




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My sharpening wheel made of MDF?
I have a page for it explaining how it works.

p/diy-sharpening-wheel.html










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My slightly more than $5 light box.















Mix and match 2700K and 5300K CFLs for interesting effects.


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This little guy's awesome for removing epoxy from the fronts of the scales. Made of brass it won't scratch hardened steel.
 














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A block of 3/4" plywood cut on an angle, say 11°, can be used to help grind a 22° bevel.









Once your work rest is set to 90° to the belt, hold your knife against the angled face and apply the knife to the belt to produce a consistent bevel.





















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People always ask...

















A better choice for making good knives are farrier rasps...

I found these at my local dump. 











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Free Shop Labels -
MS Excel File - Print to Full Sheet labels and cut out


http://dcknives.com/public/downloads/DC Shop Label Sheets.xlsx

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Grit to Microns Chart for Ceramic Finishing Belts


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My Franken-Vise : X-Y-Z adjustable finishing vise

































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 Gotta love garage sales!















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 Condursal Z1100 - Say goodbye to stainless foil















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Saved my skin. $3 cut proof gloves.



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13 comments:

  1. I am just getting started into knife making and i love the idea of your beveling Jig can I get some more details On how this was made and the function of how it is used?

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    1. Check out Gough Custom on youtube he has a detailed video on how to make and use it

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    2. Yes there is a link to Aaron's great videos on the sidebar here >>.

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  2. Hi Matthew,

    I'll see if I can whip up a drawing with more details on the bevelling jig.

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  3. Dan,
    Quick question.. How do you etch your logo in your knife blades?
    Thanks
    Ronnie
    thegreenmonsterfishinglight@yahoo.com

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    1. I use a stencil made by Ernie at Blue Lightning Stencils. These are taped into place and then an electric current is passed through a pad, the stencil and the blade at the same time. This permanently "electro"etches the design on to the blade.

      Most any 5 to 12 Volt DC power supply can be used, but if you can get a proper etching power supply it will have both Etch (DC) and Mark (AC). I should have my page on this topic done soon.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Dan, where did you get the condursal?

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  5. Chris,

    I bought it from a place called MetTech in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (closer to where I live). You should be able to find it anyplace that handles Duffy Company products in the USA.

    Dan

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  6. I love checking out the jigs and diy tools that people use. It really gives you an idea of how they work and what they're thinking when they're making something. Some great ideas here Dan. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    1. Thanks Todd. I really enjoy MacGyvering stuff and if some crazy idea helps someone out, then that is awesome!

      Cheers,

      Dan

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  7. hey with your bevel jig what angles do you use to get a scandi grind many thanks

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    1. It depends on what thickness of stock you are grinding from and how high the grind will be. I have made an online tool to help figure this out.

      Dan

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  8. Just want to say Thanks for sharing all this information! Very inspiring

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