I wanted to make a small bench what would be dedicated for sharpening. I wanted to have a place where my sharpening stones would be ready to use. I used to have to find a place to set everything up, and sometimes I didn’t do that ahead of time. This meant I might have worked with a tool longer without sharpening. That’s not good, because a dull tool is a dangerous tool.
I came up with this simple bench. I made it somewhat heavy, to it to keep it from moving around. I also made it somewhat low. The lower height helps when you are doing some freehand work. It allows you to lock your arms in place and move your body to maintain your angle on whatever tool you might be sharpening. I’ve talked about Rob Cosman before, and this is a technique he talks about in one of his DVDs. If the height isn’t right, it shouldn’t be that hard to make an adjustment.
This bench is about 35” Wide, 22” Deep and 29” High. There is room for a shelf to hold sharpening supplies and jigs.