|Project by RobH||posted 2366 days ago||1666 views||4 times favorited||13 comments|
It is finally done. I was hoping to get done with this a few weeks ago, but kids and family have a strange way of creeping into the shop sometimes. Ok, it’s not totally done. I am still trying to lay my hand on some decent casters for the thing.
Anyway, this is my newly built sharpening cabinet. Since I now have a lather (Shopsmith), and since all of my edge tools are dull, I figured I would put this thing together so all of my sharpening stuff would be in the same place. I was always loosing parts to the jigs and things. No longer will this have to be.
The first picture shows the overall cabinet. It is built of melamine with a Formica top. In the center of the top is a 16”x20” hole in which I can place inserts with different sharpening tools mounted. The insert that is in the first picture is the one that I will use when using Scary Sharp, etc. for right now.
The second picture shows the generous drawer space that I have to store the shapring jigs and things that will be needed during the sharpening process. This is basically where all the little stuff goes. Although not too well organized right now, I hope in the neat future to get some organizers put in the drawer so each little tool can have its place.
The third pictures shows behind the door of the cabinet. As you can see I have two grinders mounted on 16”x20” inserts that are being stored in this space. The six inch grinder on top will eventually be converted into a buffing only operation. The following picture shows the 6 inch grinder in the top of the cabinet.
This picture shows the 8 inch grinder out of the cabinet and mounted on the top.
Finally, a closeup shot of the Veritas tool rest that in mounted on the 8 inch grinder insert.
The rest is attached with a couple of knobs and two 10-24 inserts in the cabinet insert. This will allow me to use the rest on either wheel with little trouble changing it. Any other jigs I get the require me to attach a piece to the table top will also be mounted in this manner.
There are two spaced left behing the door. The long narrow one is for storing one or more alternate inserts. Right now it stores the blank insert while either one of the grinders is in place. The smaller hole just above this is for storage of sharpening jigs parts, or anything else I might need in the way of sharpening.
The only other thing I might do to this setup is to place some 1/4-20 threaded inserts on the ledge that the top inserts rest on. Putting one on each corner will allow me to secure the cabinet inserts with 1/4-20 furntiure bolts when the inserts are being used. This will help with vibration. I will only do this if necessary.
Thanks for looking.
-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA