Veritas Sharpening System

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Lee Valley
Model:
05M31.01
Price:
$400

Description

The Veritas Mk.II power sharpening system lets you sharpen your hand tools on a stable, flat 650 rpm turntable. Set the tool rest to sharpen any straight-edged tool at a bevel angle from 15° to 45° (in 5° increments); the tool rest post has detent settings at 5° intervals. The included blade holder and blade-setting jig ensure blade squareness. Additional tool holders are available if you wish to sharpen more than one tool between grit changes. You can also use it for sharpening of tools such as gouges and V-tools.

The quick-change 8" platters that mount on the turntable accept adhesive-backed abrasive discs in grit sizes from 80x to 1200x. The system comes with two platters and four abrasive discs: 80x and 150x for mounting on the thick platter, and 320x and 1200x for mounting on the thin platter. Changing from coarse to fine discs automatically gives you a 1° angle increase to create micro-bevels. Extra platters and abrasive discs are available to add more grits or use cloth discs with honing compounds.

The turntable is driven by a V-belt from the vertically mounted, fully sealed 1/4 HP motor. Belt tension is easily adjustable by hand. Nylon dust cover included. Each system comes equipped with integral thermal overload protection, and is certified to meet CSA and UL requirements.

WOOD magazine review

Power sharpener somehow proves irresitible

Review Summary

The Veritas Mk.II Power Sharpening System has almost as many low points as high points. Yet, during months of testing, I found myself drawn to it almost every time I entered the shop. With it, I sharpened plane blades, chisels, cabinet scrapers, and more. All of my lathe tools got a taste of the machine, from bowl gouges to skews. Instead of stone grinding wheels, the Mk.II sharpens with self-adhesive abrasive discs mounted on two quick-change 8" platters.
The platter for the two finest grits is thinner than the coarse platter, automatically creating a microbevel without having to change the height of the tool rest. Changing platters couldn’t be easier: Remove the center screw, replace (or flip) the platter, and then reinstall the screw. That screw isn’t reverse-threaded as I expected, and the instructions that came with the Mk.II say the design allows the platter to spin freely in the event a tool should “catch” while sharpening. However, the platter loosened under aggressive sharpening pressure, and I found myself stopping time and again to retighten that screw. The somewhat stiff 80- and 150-grit abrasive discs mount easily to the platter, but I had trouble applying the thin-backed 320- and 1200-grit discs without trapping air bubbles, even after several months of working with the Mk.II. And popping and flattening the bubbles, as the instructions suggest, proved problematic. (On one occasion, a bench chisel I was sharpening caught on one of these flattened bubbles and flew about six feet). In spite of its shortcomings, the Mk.II has found a permanent place in my shop. It’s an aggressive sharpener that put a keen edge on virtually every tool I could find, but it must be used with care. —Tested by Steve Oswalt

Detailed Ratings

3.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

3

Ease of Use

3

Value

3

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