Since I started turning almost two years ago I’ve thought I could learn to sharpen my gouges freehand…
I’m also to cheap to buy one of those commercial style jigs.
Based on a design that I cannot remeber which forum I found it in (otherwise I would be happy to link and apply credit) here’s what I’ve done. I started with a little raised base (made from some of that free scrap baltic birch plywood I can’t stop collecting) and then simply added a little extension with a “V” block to allow the handle a comfortable resting place.
I was SHOCKED at how well this cleaned up my gouge. I should have done this a LONG time ago!