Over the past year I have been collecting DMT DiaSharp stones one at a time. This is what have:
Extra-Extra Coarse (120x)
Extra Coarse (220x)
Extra Fine (1200x)
Extra-Extra Fine (8000x)
Now that I have a full collection I decided to make a sharpening station for them. Up to now they have all been sitting on the bench or where ever else they wouldn’t be in the way. My goal is to have them all inset into a piece of plywood so they will always be together and accessible.
Starting out with a piece of 3/4” plywood I marked where the stones will be.
Using my little router I cleared out most of the waste. I finished with a final depth of 1/4”. Once I cleaned all the dust off myself I finished clearing the waste out with my chisel.
Here are the stones sitting in their new home. They fit nice and snug.
I found they were a little hard to get back out so I cut a little finger notch to get a better grip.
Now to dress it up a bit I surrounded it with some poplar trim. Once the glue dries I will plane it up nice leaving a little lip along the top to keep all the sharpening goo on the board and not all over the bench.
To keep it from sliding all over the place I picked up a package of 2-3/4” Grip Discs used on Lee Valleys Bench Pucks.
I haven’t decided on the finish yet. I have it narrowed down to either some water based poly or some leftover melamine paint left over from a previous project. Right now I’m leaning towards the paint.
-- Greg in Ontario, Canada