|Project by swirt||posted 07-20-2010 09:44 PM||3005 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
I had this cabinet in my basement that I never realized had a slide-out desk. I also had a desire to have a dedicated sharpening station that was not the usual horizontal surface that would collect sawdust and anything else I was too preoccupied to put away. (Horizontal surfaces draw me to put stuff on them … My wife says it’s a sickness.)
I knew I needed a sharpening bench / station, but was too afraid I’d clutter it up and it would become less useful. A month or so ago I noticed that the shelf on my tool cabinet actually slides out to become a desk. I felt like running through the workshop yelling ”Eureka!”, but I have a strict rule about no running in the workshop. ;)
So I built this sharpening board to sit on the desk. I can slide it out and sit when I need to sharpen, then slide it back in and close the cabinet when I get back to work. No sawdust on my sharpening plates. No temptation to put other stuff on the horizontal surface.
The long wood stop on the right slides and acts as a wedge to hold the various sharpening plates in place. I use sandpaper on glass, but it could also hold just about any other stone too. The hacksaw blade on the left is a jig to cut the sandpaper to the width of the glass plates I use.
The stops along the right side are a quick and repeatable way to set chisels or plane irons in my roller jig. I got this idea from last Month’s Fine Woodworking.
Here are additional details on my cabinet sharpening station.
-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com