I attended the Lie-Nielsen event in Chicago recently. I have not decided if I'm going to write up my experience yet. However, I am going to talk about the single item I purchased at the show: The new Lie-Nielsen honing guide. There are ample (and better) pictures in the link, so I won't bore you here with more. However, what LN does not show is the jig you can create with the instructions included with the honing guide. Here is the jig I created:
The space behind the instruction booklet is going to be a small strop. Use will determine if the strop is a stupid idea.
I actually put some thought into the blocks. The most used angles by far are 30, and 25 degrees. I have yet to use 50, 35, or 40 degree angles.
I placed 25, and 30 degree blocks in the middle so that they would be the most protected from mishap and so I would have holding area to either side for use with the honing guide.
I have a similar jig for use with the cheesy $15 side clamping guide available all over the place. That experience went into making version 2.0 here. Even though I have the new precision guide, and associated jig 2.0, I have no plans to get rid of the old system. It is always good to have a backup.
This sort of project is ready made for a CNC carver, or 3D printer. Unfortunately, I do not own either device, so I'm stuck with plywood and Kreg screws.