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Project by WoodWheeler posted 03-26-2017 11:16 AM 980 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been drawn more and more towards my hand tools over my power tools lately and have been finding sharpening quite a chore. I usually set up in the kitchen where I have access to water and make an absolute mess! It takes too long to setup and too long to pack up/clean up and I’d prefer to be able to sharpen in the workshop.

So this weekend I made this portable sharpening station / box. It has two 1.5 gallon plastic tubs within a tassie oak case, piston-fit stone holders made of Blackbutt, a removable bottom sliding in a dado to remove the tubs when necessary. The dovetailed cross brace adds strength and covers the gap between the two tubs. It is beveled to help shed water. Carved in recesses for hand holds.

Aside from milling the timber and some table saw cuts I did all the dados, rebates, bevels, dovetails etc using hand tools for practise as it seemed fitting for a hand tool sharpening station.

Hopefully sharpening is less of a chore now!

Cheers, Dom

-- Dom





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Belg1960

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#1 posted 03-26-2017 12:01 PM

Nice looking build, I was researching building one like this yesterday and was wondering why noone added a cleat to the bottom to help reference it against the workbench?? Also don’t you think when the sliding dovetail gets wet it will swell the joint and not allow you to pull it out? I’m just asking to learn not to criticize. Thanks Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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woodcox

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#2 posted 03-26-2017 12:33 PM

Nice work Dom.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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SteveGaskins

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#3 posted 03-26-2017 04:42 PM

Very nice and great inspiration. I’ve wanted to build one of these for a while now. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#4 posted 03-26-2017 06:00 PM

It’ a very nice sharpening station and 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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WoodWheeler

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#5 posted 03-26-2017 07:57 PM



Nice looking build, I was researching building one like this yesterday and was wondering why noone added a cleat to the bottom to help reference it against the workbench?? Also don t you think when the sliding dovetail gets wet it will swell the joint and not allow you to pull it out? I m just asking to learn not to criticize. Thanks Pat

- Belg1960

Hi mate, the cleat could be a good idea depending on execution, but not necessary in my opinion. I put a few rubber feet in the corners and this stops the box sliding back and forth.

Only the center brace is dove-tailed in and this is permanently glued in place. The piston-fit sliding stone holders are not dovetailed, they simply have rebates. I don’t think these should swell as they would need to expand along the grain to cause binding issues, but if they do I will plane them down a little. Time will tell!

Cheers,

Dom

-- Dom

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Belg1960

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#6 posted 03-27-2017 10:30 AM

Dom, thank you very much for the reply. I guess I read it wrong as I was talking about the bottom and “assumed” you had made that a dovetail as well. I have to learn to just grab the bull by the horns and do it. lol Have a great day. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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WoodWheeler

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#7 posted 03-27-2017 11:05 PM



Dom, thank you very much for the reply. I guess I read it wrong as I was talking about the bottom and “assumed” you had made that a dovetail as well. I have to learn to just grab the bull by the horns and do it. lol Have a great day. Pat

- Belg1960

No worries Pat. Yeah, the bottom runs in a dado. Yep I think it’s easy to over think things and never do anything. Better to just get stuck in once you have a rough plan. All I had was a general concept and approximate dimensions. The rest just developed as I went. Started thinking Friday, finished Sunday.

-- Dom

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balidoug

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#8 posted 04-01-2017 04:26 AM

I’ve seen a number of sharpening stations but had yet to find one that suited all my requirements; so for now i make due with Kari Hultman’s minimalist approach: a foil baking dish screwed to a tabletop with a rubber mat to keep the stones in place.

That’s about to change. Thanks for sharing.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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