Took my board out of the clamps at home and brought everything I needed to finished it and the honing guide jig.
After a quick sanding and glue clean up, I screw on the bottom cleat, got a first coat of poly on both the grip mat hold down piece and the 1/8 degrees spacer.
Tried the gripper mat under, it really secured it very well
Figured out my angles for the plane iron and attached 3 stop blocks at 25, 30 and 35 degrees on one side, then switch the plane iron for a bevel edge chisel and repeat the measurements for the other side for 25 and 30 degrees stop block. I gave them a dab of glue and secured them with two nails in each blocks.
Labelled one side "Plane Iron" and the other "Chisel" and marked the angle blocks on each sides accordingly.
Why only two on the chisel side? Because I am reserving
the third stop block for my mortise chisels.
Then I gave it a test drive on my chisels that I need for finishing my dovetails on the plane till No 2
As usual, finished on my 6000 grit Japanese waterstone then a quick honing
on my strop charged with LV Green compound
The board lip around the three sides register my slab of stone securely for using sand paper, and between the front cleat and the gripper mat, I can push all I want it is very secured.
All that is left to do, before carrying out an overdue sharpening marathon, is to put some poly finish on the wooden parts of the board to seal it against water damages, attach the 1/8 spacer with a string to my honing guide setting jig, and secure the gripper mat with the cleat to my board.
I will call that a success and move on back to my plane till No 2 joinery, now that my required chisels have been sharpened.
Plenty of room for everything I need
Bob, sipping a cold one while admiring his latest creation :-)