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Project by Jerry posted 02-07-2017 06:19 PM 2541 views 6 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not a very impressive project, but fun and I’m glad I finally took the time to make it. Baltic Birch plywood for the base, Oak for the sides, Oak veneered plywood for the separators, finished with beeswax to make it waterproof.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/





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majuvla

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#1 posted 02-07-2017 06:23 PM

Nice and practgical, all in one place.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 02-07-2017 06:29 PM

This is something I really like, you did a nice job.

And I would definitely like to be in the know about it, but, I lack knowledge about proper sharpening. Would you mind telling me why there are five surfaces on the board, what they are made of? I presume they are each a different surface, or varying fine-to-course grits.

Thank you!

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#3 posted 02-07-2017 06:29 PM

I wish I had one just like it,well made and fully functional.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 02-07-2017 06:33 PM

Now you can come and sharpen all of my chisels and knives too. BECAUSE I am very poor at it!

Good practical project.

-- just rjR

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#5 posted 02-07-2017 06:59 PM

Super Job! Very similar to Paul Sellers’ Station only without a vise cleat. He suggest using Window cleaner for a lubricant on the diamond stones. Are yours DMT’s plates? Man, that’ll have great utility in any woodworker’s shop.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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Jerry

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#6 posted 02-07-2017 07:01 PM



Nice and practgical, all in one place.

- majuvla


Thanks for looking Ivan.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Jerry

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#7 posted 02-07-2017 07:09 PM


This is something I really like, you did a nice job.

And I would definitely like to be in the know about it, but, I lack knowledge about proper sharpening. Would you mind telling me why there are five surfaces on the board, what they are made of? I presume they are each a different surface, or varying fine-to-course grits.

Thank you!
- jimintx

Thanks, well they are all diamond stones, the coarsest one being 600 grit, up to the finest which has 3 micron particle size equivalent to 8000 grit.

The coarser stones are only useful when establishing a new edge on a damaged plane or chisel blade. After going up through the grits to the finest, you only ever need to strop to reestablish a shaving edge. I will typically strop the beveled edge with a buffing wheel and after that draw the flat of the blade across the 8000 grit stone to flatten the burr, then I’ll draw the burr through a piece of wood to remove it, then it’s sharp enough to take the hairs off of your hand just by barely touching them.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Jerry

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#8 posted 02-07-2017 07:11 PM



I wish I had one just like it,well made and fully functional.

- distrbd


Thanks Ken

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Jerry

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#9 posted 02-07-2017 07:17 PM



Now you can come and sharpen all of my chisels and knives too. BECAUSE I am very poor at it!

Good practical project.

- ralbuck


Ha hahh, the first thing I learned about using hand tools was they get dull real fast and so I decided I needed to master sharrpening if I wanted to get anywhere, so I watched a bunch of Paul Sellers videos and I bought Ron Hocks book “The Perfect Edge”. It’s expensive to buy the stones, but you only have to buy them once as opposed to something like a Japanese water stone. Once you get to a good edge, it’s very easy and quick to maintain, but it’s the getting there that can be tough.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Jerry

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#10 posted 02-07-2017 07:20 PM



Super Job! Very similar to Paul Sellers Station only without a vise cleat. He suggest using Window cleaner for a lubricant on the diamond stones. Are yours DMT s plates? Man, that ll have great utility in any woodworker s shop.

- Handtooler

That’s what I left out, a vise cleat! Thanks for mentioning that. Yes, They are all DMT plates. I DO use window cleaner for a lubricant, that’s why I used Beeswax for the finish, thngs get very wet during the sharpening process. I make sure to dry the plates thoroughly afterward so they don’t rust.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#11 posted 02-07-2017 07:57 PM

This looks like a very nice sharpening station and very practical and organized. It will be a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Jerry

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#12 posted 02-07-2017 08:06 PM



This looks like a very nice sharpening station and very practical and organized. It will be a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks Charles.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#13 posted 02-07-2017 10:52 PM

My wife saw it, now I’m gonna have to make one just like it for her carving gouges. Be my exercise for the day – instead of turning. I like it !

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

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rtbrmb

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#14 posted 02-07-2017 10:52 PM

Another great project Jerry-it makes it a lot more convenient to sharpen when you have all the plates together in one fixture. I made one last year, out of scraps, and it swelled up from the moisture/slurry. Back to the drawing board for me.

I have ceramic stones & it’s a pain in the arse to flatten them everytime after sharpening.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#15 posted 02-07-2017 11:16 PM

Great project Jerry – I keep thinking about making a sharpening station and hopefully this will motivate me.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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