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 - http://theidiotgaloot.com