Why a sharpening station
I don’t know about you, but no matter how much I love sharp tools I hate sharpening. I’m not sure if its the time it takes, the set up and back up, or the fine black metal dust that seems to stick to my hand for days, but I just can’t seem to get excited about. My plan to help to overcome this is a dedicated sharpening station. One set up, ready to go, so I can walk over, sharpen and go back to work.
(Sharpening station by Tom Fidgen featured in Fine Woodworking.)
The build needs to incorporate the equipment I have, the timber I have, meet a budget, be a good height for me, and allow for expansion without taking too much time or shop space.
Equipment; 5-6 Shapton Glass water stones, Stanley honing guide, bucket with water, MDF mount for stone, and that’s about it. Future upgrades which I want to account for, slow speed wet grinder, various guides, slip stones etc.
Timber; I have some river red gum and coastal blackbutt from previous projects which should work well.
- Although a granite or marble top would be great, there is a cost limitation.
- A large baking cookie tray, lined with a rubber non-slip mesh, should be able to support the stones and contain the water, this could simply drop into a frame.
- A simple frame, similar to Fidgan’s, would be quick and simple.
- I have some nice blackbutt panels sitting around, I wonder if I can use them.
- My shop gets dusty, should I have a wooden lid that can cover the stones, and act as a desk when not in use.
-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/