I have been sharpening my tools in the laundry room in my basement for far too long. Every time a chisel needs honing I need to walk out of my shop in the garage and into the house downstairs and pull out my stones, get them wet and start sharpening. And as every wood worker knows, if sharpening isn’t convenient then we just neglect it until it is grossly necessary.
So for a long time I have tried to think of ways to bring my sharpening stones in the shop with me. Although my main concern with this has been protecting the stones from dust and providing a way to contain/minimize water and mess. I also want the system to be flexible; meaning that as I gain new stones and sharpening mediums I do not need to make an entirely new system to hold them.
I have recently come up with an idea I think might solve my main problems. The idea is to build a chest that is similar to the tool chest I have just built, just scaled down to hold my sharpening stones. This would keep the stones safe from dust and also be flexible enough to accommodate new tools. Below I have included a few pictures of two different variations of the chest.
The lighter colour represents pine and the darker represents white oak. Each chest is about 20” long, 12” deep and 8”-12” tall.
The first variation has one sliding till.
The second variation has a second till which slides left to right and would contain some water for soaking a stone. The darker till would be made from a water tight material.
I have a few water stones in the till for scale. Each stone measures 8”x3”x1”.
The bottom of the chest and till would be a white oak grid which would allow for air flow and prevent water from settling and rotting the wood. In the second variation I have another till for holding a stone in water. The idea with this is that I can have my finer grit stone in the water always ready for use during the day. I wouldn’t keep the stone in there for good, only when I am spending a full day in the shop would I fill the second till with water and soak the stone.
Let me know what you guys think of both variations and if you see any problems or improvements that can be made.
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