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Veritas MK II Camber roller

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I'm ordering a couple of things from Veritas and was thinking of buying the camber roller for my MK II but it looks like it could be a pain to use. Anybody here have it and like it or hate it?  Thought it might help me be more consistent with the camber on my #4 blade. 

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I have been toying with getting the camber roller also.  I will be interested in what people have to say

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I got the camber roller after using the jig for several years.  Works well.  I'm glad to have it and it keeps those of us who lack the sharpening gene more consistent on our cambers

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I have the kit with the camber, straight and narrow ones but I bought last weekend so I haven't had much time to use it, seems to work well on the one plane I sharpened.

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30 minutes ago, gee-dub said:

I got the camber roller after using the jig for several years.  Works well.  I'm glad to have it and it keeps those of us who lack the sharpening gene more consistent on our cambers

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I bought the deluxe kit recently with the camber roller included, I had a bunch of tools I'd been intentionally not sharpening waiting on this kit to arrive, I quite like the camber roller and find it no harder to use than the straight roller. Great kit all around.

 

 

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I have one but don't use it because I'm too lazy to swap it out.  You don't really need one unless you need a heavy camber like on a scrub plane.  I find if you apply pressure to the corners of the blade while you sharpen you'll induce an almost imperceptible camber, which is all you need for a smoother. 

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When I added the camber roller to my kit, I also bought the narrow blade head (it was around when that head came out).  I put the straight roller on the narrow blade head and the camber on the wide blade head.

They stay that way like 95% of the time.  The narrow blade head with straight roller gets used on chisels and plane blades that need square corners.  The wide blade head with camber roller gets anything that gets anything with a camber or where I "clip" the corners. 

If I have a situation where I need to change things (skewed chisels where I don't want any camber, I'm looking at you), it's just 30 seconds to swap rollers.

I've been very happy with this setup.

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Sounds like it might be a good purchase. 

sjk I like your approach to a standard set up. Simple and efficient. You inadvertently helped me decide to go ahead and buy the narrow blade head. I thank you and Lee Valley thanks you :D

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