The Sharpening Cabinet

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Project by RobH posted 06-14-2007 05:08 AM 2482 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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This picture shows the 8 inch grinder out of the cabinet and mounted on the top.

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Finally, a closeup shot of the Veritas tool rest that in mounted on the 8 inch grinder insert.

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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

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#1 posted 06-14-2007 05:16 AM

Very efficient…nicely done.

-- Bob

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#2 posted 06-14-2007 05:23 AM

Really nice! Thanks for showing this!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 06-14-2007 05:24 AM

Great cabinet. I need to build something similar.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 06-14-2007 04:41 PM

Very nice work, I like this better than the rescent plans found in Woodcraft Magazine. Once I get enough things in the shop that need sharpening, I will be stealing this idea. The inserts are great!

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#5 posted 06-14-2007 05:12 PM

Sharp looking sharpening station. Will help keep you organized. Nice work. jockmike.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 06-14-2007 05:17 PM

Great cabinet. I like the insert feature, and the abality to use different tools.

I great addition to the Scary sharp system is the Pinnacle Honing Guide It holds the chisles and plane blades the best that I’ve found. and you can use it with Scary Sharp Sandpaper.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 06-14-2007 05:35 PM

Very nice setup. What did you use to come up with the insert being, 16 X 20”? Do you find the buffing helps your edge?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 06-14-2007 07:10 PM

Great workmanship, wonderful cabinet that will last a very long time. Great idea Rob.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#9 posted 06-14-2007 07:13 PM

if I ever need some tools sharpened, this is what I’m going to do..

get Mot to do it!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 06-14-2007 09:06 PM

Nice compact station! Is it very difficult to heft the grinder out of the bottom of the cabinet?

Use your legs when lifting!

-- Paul, Texas

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#11 posted 06-15-2007 12:49 AM

Excellent cabinet. This is exactly the kind of thing I have been wondering about for my sharpening station. I want a cabinet that has inserts that is the same height as my TS so I can put in an insert without a mount (or maybe one used for a router) and use it as an outfeed table. I think, though, this may pose a problem from a height standpoint. If I remember correctly from some article/video on, the grinding station should be a little higher than what a table the same height as an outfeed would require. I think the lower elevation is perferct for Scary Sharp or waterstones though.

Sorry. I’m rambling. This is very well executed, Rob. Thanks for sparking my creative juices. I’m off to sketch now…

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#12 posted 06-15-2007 02:58 AM


To answer your questions, 16”x20” is arbitrary. The only thing I would do different if doing it over would be to move the insert closer to the front of the cabinet. I did not realize until I was finished that the Wolverine grinding jig mounting requirements will not work with the setup the way it is now. I have not purchased the Wolverine jig yet, and I have found an alternative that will work with my cabinet. I may also choose to make up an alteration that would allow me to use the Wolvering.

As for buffing, I only do that with the couple of carving gouges that I have to do hand carved spoons and bowls. I think it does help on those. Nothing else get buffed though.

As for Paul’s question, it is rather heavy. If I could change it now, the 8” would be on top. The 6” is no problem to lift.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#13 posted 09-05-2008 04:48 PM

nicely done, and looks good.

I like to have everything organized by category – and this one does it !

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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