#1 resource for Cigar Box Guitars, Free Plans, How-To, Parts & More!
Cigar Box Nation is sponsored by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, your one-stop-shop for Cigar Box Guitar parts and accessories!
Hi there fellow cigar box junkies. I have been thinking that it would be nice to have a separate group or section specifically about tools, since you just have to have them to make something fun and musical out of a cigar box.
Anywho, I was thinking about my chisels and about how much more useful they are when they are freakishly sharp. For years I had chisels and I would attempt to sharpen them by hand and never really got them as sharp as I wanted until I found this little gem. I found mine at Woodcraft and iirc, I paid about $14 for mine. I currently use it with wet/dry sandpaper and backward stroke only, though on a diamond "stone" which is a perfectly flat piece of steel with diamond particles embedded you can use a push stroke, but don't have one of those at the moment. I like this little jig and it is worth the money. I use sewing machine oil as a lubricant. http://www.amazon.com/Honing-Guide-Plain-Chisel-Sharpening/dp/B000R...
i have a planer attachment for my dremel. i use that to do rough shaping on the neck and then use a rasp to get it closer followed up by files, a card scraper and finally sand paper. i found chisels took too much material off if i wasnt really careful
Thanks for the tip about the honing guide, Charlotte. This has always been a nerve-wracking procedure for me, so I'm really looking forward to using it. Got one today at Woodworker's Supply, so I'm set.
I know you will love this little gem. We have a sheet of safety glass in the shop about the size of a sheet of sandpaper and I am using that piece of glass with wet dry paper.
i just use a piece of MDF, works great
Everybody should have one! I use a piece of plate glass to true up fretboards before fretting or scarf joints before gluing. It's kind of a cheap jointer.