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Blog entry by Eric posted 02-08-2008 12:12 PM 669 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m glad that I had a sharpening session directly on my temporary workbench, before I finished (or even started, ahem) my “real” bench. After a while, the water and slurry started to fly, and the amount that sloshed over my simple little sharpening stone base would have given me a fit over my nice workbench surface. Time for a dedicated sharpening station.

But with a 6×8 shop, I’m hesitant to “dedicate” space for anything outside of my bench. Fortunately, the shop has a big huge windowed area that is covered by a big huge grate (this used to be the external wall when the house was first built). I’ve learned to put that grate to good use, and will likely use a lot more of it as I go along. Here you can see what I’ve got set up there so far: a C-clamp rack, a torpedo level mount and two shelves made from scrap. I screwed little blocks onto the back of the shelf brackets, and that’s what’s holding them on. I can just lift up and pull them right off or move them higher or lower.

Sharpening Station 1

And here is a closer look at my new sharpening station. Soon, I’ll mount some short dowels underneath the base that will slide into matching holes on the shelf. That way I can use the shelf for other things until it’s sharpening time again. But the shelf is plenty sturdy during sharpening – no movement whatsoever!

Sharpening Station 2

[This entry was taken from my personal website, Adventures in Woodworking.]

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 02-08-2008 12:18 PM

that’s wonderful.
Oh that gate——————- wow, what a treasure!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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GaryK

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#2 posted 02-08-2008 12:20 PM

Good use of materials at hand!

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

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Tomcat1066

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#3 posted 02-08-2008 12:21 PM

Looking at that grate, I suddenly have a craving for Lucky Charms ;)

Seriously, cool sharpening station.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Eric

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#4 posted 02-08-2008 12:23 PM

I didn’t mention that how great it is (or “how grate it is”) that I can position the fan so that it blows right into my face. Cuz it’s kinda hot over here year round, and I have no A/C.

Tomcat: LOL! I never thought of that, but now I won’t NOT think of it every time I go in there.

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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Tomcat1066

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#5 posted 02-08-2008 12:55 PM

Can you get Lucky Charms there? Or do I need to send you a box? ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Eric

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#6 posted 02-08-2008 01:02 PM

You can get them in select grocery stores in the area that cater to expats. But dude, if you’re sending something, don’t waste space on cereal – fill it with handplanes and saws!

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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#7 posted 02-08-2008 01:11 PM

Sorry, I’m greedy with those :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#8 posted 02-08-2008 01:22 PM

Very innovative use of space, Eric. Your workshop is beginning to take shape.

Thanks for the post.

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

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Partridge

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#9 posted 02-09-2008 02:28 AM

that is a good idea. space saving

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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