Around The Shop.. #1: Sharpening Station Build #1

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 09-05-2013 04:17 AM 1922 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A while back I purchased some whetstones from LV. Up till now I have been doing the scary sharp method with sandpaper. That works just fine but it can get pretty pricey over time and I finally realized I wasn’t saving any money not investing in some good sharpening stones.

The thing is… just about every surface in my shop is almost always cluttered with project spew of some kind so setting these up has been put to the side since they arrived. I have determined that I need a dedicated spot for these to go if I am going to ever use them. I would also like the option to have them always out so sharpening isn’t the “All Stop” event that it is right now which pushes me to use my tools way past where they should have been resharpened. Yet keep the option to put it away if need be.

What I have come up with is a slab pond/table that will break down if I want to or just use the top clamped to my workbench.

No real plan here just playing it by ear as I go. Hopefully it works out the way it looks in my head lol.

I decided to use the 2 cedar legs that didn’t make the cut for my workbench for the top of this. Cedar is fairly rot resistant and play well with moisture better than most woods out there.

I started by edge jointing the 2 legs… have I mentioned how much i love this vice?

Then I marked out for the pond on one end. Cut the edges and drilled “turn” holes in the corners so I can finish the cut on the bandsaw.

And finally glued that all up.

Now to wait for that to dry then start on the cedar pond that will slip into that hole. Stay tuned.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 08:16 AM

Super interested to see how this turns out. My stones are just sitting out like a nuisance like yours have been. Keep us posted.

-- Learning patience quicker than I am the art of woodworking...

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 12:05 PM

Very interested as well. May I suggest a recirculating pump in your great idea?

I’m horsing around with a prototype and the recirculating pump is quite effective.

It seems to present fresh abrasives as the swarf is washed away.

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 01:27 PM

You will really like the convenience of this station. But you know Eric, it is ok sometimes to just sit down and relax! ;-)

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 02:10 PM

Mine stay in the drawer unless I’m doing a trigger job.
On the eight day He said : “Let there be belteth sanderz”

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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#5 posted 09-10-2013 04:31 AM

Corian works great for a laminate “pond”.

Can be worked with carbide tipped wood tools. Circular saw with carbide blade.
Pond pump is a great idea!

Glued with epoxy. I use West System 3.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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