|Project by yuridichesky||posted 11-06-2015 11:59 AM||3285 views||28 times favorited||26 comments|
Long time ago in the galaxy far far away…
Well, it’s good to be back to woodworking.
No need to repeat importance of sharpening. The easier access to your sharpening stuff, the more often you hit your cutting edges on the stones, the better from any point of view.
In my case of very limited shop space (ie no dedicated place for sharpening) it all means I have to be able to bring my sharpening stones on the benchtop in a matter of few seconds and then store them back same quick. Not that easy task to do if you think about it.
My current stones set is DMT coarse stone, DMT fine stone, DMT extra fine stone, and some unknown stone I purchased on the flea market that I think about 6000 to 8000 grit ceramic plate.
The idea of the project is to have all my sharpening stones in some case that I can keep somewhere under the bench or drop on the shelf as close as possible for easy access, the case that protects my stones while not in use, the case that I can quickly open and close but won’t open by itself accidentally.
So I decided to make a case lid be locked with spring-loaded latches so that I have to press the latch with my finger in order to open the case. And make those latches stay flush with the case so that I could only open it by purpose but not due some inaccurate move.
I started with making a prototype of the latch with some softwood:
As usual prototyping allowed me to identify some corner cases I should be aware of.
I had some off-cuts of the beech around so the latches were made out of beech:
The tricky part of the project was brackets that would keep the lid closed. Their shape is pretty odd, so I decided to make them out of brass for extra durability:
The case itself is a pine panel with spacers to hold the stones. The lid is pretty simple too though dovetails make it look a little bit nicer to my taste:
Anyway here’s whole thing before and after assembly:
Closer look at the latch:
Final touch: rubber pads glued on the bottom provide lots of friction and keep case dead still without any clamping:
The case is now stored under the bench, and it takes about 5 seconds between the moment when I decide I need to sharpen some edge and the moment when I have that edge on the stone:
Here’s the picture to show scale of the project (the 12” combination square on the case):
I have to say I’m pretty happy with results, the stones are kept safe, in less than an arm distance from where I work, and it’s really matter of few seconds to start using them.
Thank you for looking!
-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)