Simple, yet 4 years in the making.

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Project by BikerDad posted 12-25-2014 11:20 PM 1850 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I have decided to go with diamond stones as my sharpening media, and I wanted to have a convenient, simple solution for having them at hand when it came time to sharpen. This is inspired by the sharpening boards that Lie-Nielsen (and others) show. Capturing the stones is, of course, one of the challenges. I decided to take advantage of the ferrous nature of these stones, and have embedded rare earth magnets into the flats.

The flats were originally a single shelf that was an extra I made as part of a bookcase project for a friend 4+ years ago. I originally used double stick tape to hold the stones in place, but determined that it was too much hassle to remove the stones for cleaning, and thus was the magnet solution birthed. I tested that with a single stone, using only two of the magnets, and found two to be insufficient in count. The stone didn’t move when sharpening, but would shift/threaten to dive to the floor when I would carry the flat vertically. So double up the magnets, and cut the flat in half to make it lighter. The resulting layout of the stones is, from left to right, Coarse, Fine, Extra Fine and Extra Extra Fine.

After finishing with my testing, I got more magnets, drilled everything, and put three coats of Minwax Polycrylic on ‘em. Now they go into service.

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#1 posted 12-26-2014 12:08 AM

very good idea! I’m excited about this because I have a new set of Stanley SW chisels for Christmas today and will need to build a sharpening station to enjoy them properly.

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