Sharpening Center? or Steroids for Steel

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Blog entry by BarryW posted 03-11-2008 06:13 AM 1127 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My new sharpening center that’s not particularly new since I didn’t build the stand…only utilized something my mother had and wasn’t using. In fact, it was gathering dust. So I’ve been working on cleaning up my shop and this center for the last several days. I did add casters, a few extra holes and some larger holes for cords, etc. It contains a Tormek sharpening system, a cheap Chicago chainsaw chain sharpener, a triad of stones, and I’ll add a Dremel close-by for some odd sharpening needs if necessary.
I’ve spent the last several days going over the DVD from Tormek and I’ll get some turning tools, knives, and chisels shipshape in the next few days. I think this will work…and with it’s movable and lockable platform I’ll be able to keep it out of the way until I need it. It also has some storage I’ve added…which really helps since I’m low on storage in my shop.

2008 Sharpening Center

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-11-2008 11:56 AM

Hi Barry,

That is a very practical solution to an organizational problem. It gets your tools organized and you have the ability to store them out of the way until they are needed.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-11-2008 01:45 PM

Nice and the Tormek should help as well. I have a dedicated sharpening area and while I wouldn’t mind having a Tormek around I prefer to do my stuff by hand using the Scary Sharp System. Now all your tools will be sharp as a tack and ready for action. Way to go!

-- --Chuck

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#3 posted 03-11-2008 02:40 PM

Great idea, Barry. I had planned on doing a more stationary sharpening center (if I ever get my walls rebuilt) but maybe a mobile one would work out better.
Glad to see you are up and around and in the shop. We missed you.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#4 posted 03-11-2008 02:49 PM

I’ve got my Tormek just sitting on a shelf. I need to make something like this.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-11-2008 05:28 PM

Great setup. Looks good.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 03-11-2008 07:35 PM

For me, space is everything…I’m limited to a very small two car( one large garage door) garage. And sometimes I have to put my Jeep in it. I haven’t had my Jeep in the garage most of the bad part of the winter. Plus there’s a large storage section built onto the back side of the garage for luggage, xmas stuff, etc…that takes up four foot of the garage on the back….and a small utility room with washer, dryer, etc. Things are tight. I always talk about things happening slowly around here…in some ways that is good because the time to think has helped me solve problems…problems of space. I’m not Krenov, yet his very small space helps him produce great things…and while I don’t expect to produce things as great as his, I’m hoping to achieve just a few things from wood that will be heirlooms in my family…I have no other dreams than that at the moment…and space is critical. I’ve just come up with a solution to my bandsaw extensions problem…needing extensions around it to saw wood from the chunks of apple, elm and maple I collect. You’ll see this solution in the next several months I hope. Thanks for your comments.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#7 posted 03-11-2008 11:32 PM

Barry I totally understand working in small spaces. It does force some creativity. Good solution for your sharpening equipment.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 03-12-2008 02:48 PM

Nice idea Barry….something I need to think about building myself

-- Life used to be soooo much simpler!!!!

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