Sharpening Station

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Project by jayman7 posted 09-09-2010 12:28 AM 7555 views 26 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a dedicated place in my shop where I can walk over and sharpen tools on the fly. And ever since getting a lathe, I really needed a place to sharpen my gouges more often. It’s a simple table which was based on my outfeed table design, which was in turn based on the woodwhisperer’s design. It has a waterproof melamine top so that the water from my water stones don’t cause too many problems.

I looked at the Oneway Wolverine grinding jig but that was too pricey for just a metal arm with a lock so I made my own out of plywood and a toggle clamp. The oneway vari-grind jig for a fingernail grind on my bowl gouge was also way out of my price range so I made my own. Both jigs work wonderfully. I can’t take the credit for the that little jig since I followed this guy’s design:

I also have a small tupperware container to keep my waterstones submerged and a little plywood tray with a non-skid liner to hone on.

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Richard Alexander

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 01:11 AM

Thanks for posting. How do you feel about using a high speed grinder for sharpening? I have the same grinder but am considering buying a slow speed one as I set up my grinding station. Do you have problems with overheating? I’d hate to ruin any tools using this grinder but it would save a pretty penny if I could use it effectively.

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Monty Queen

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 01:33 AM

Awesome sharpening station. My setup is very similar to yours however i take mine down because of space restriction. Looks great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 02:20 AM


I don’t have any issues. For my lathe tools, it doesn’t matter because the steel doesn’t lose its strength even if the metal happens to burn since it’s made from High Speed Steel (HSS). In fact I’m using my stock wheel for that and my gouges get pretty darn sharp (sharp enough for me that is).

For my more delicate chisels, I invested in a blue Norton 3x wheel per Fine Woodworking’s recommendation and it’s great. The wheel abrades pretty easily so you have to try pretty hard to burn the metal. It’s the priciest grinder wheel I’ve seen but it’s a good investment. I paid about $35 + shipping but I think woodcraft started carrying them.

Hope that helps!

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Kent Shepherd

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 04:06 PM

Nice set-up



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#5 posted 09-17-2010 03:42 AM

Thanks for posting, a very nice set up. I am certainly going to check out that other website in regards to building the grinding jig.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 09-20-2010 02:58 AM

I have the same grinder myself, and I don’t have any problems either. I did buy a 120 grit white wheel for it though. Since I’m just starting woodturning, my father and I just built a similar jig, although it isn’t near as nice as this setup. $20 grinder. $10 at the hardware store, some scrap lumber, and a couple hours spending time with my dad. I’ll take that over the wolverine system any day. nice set-up jayman. I wish I had seen this before we built mine.

-- Hello, my name is Jarrod and I am a woodaholic.

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#7 posted 04-22-2011 12:11 PM

Very nice set up….thanks for the link and have a great day !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 04-22-2011 12:21 PM

great set up you just saved your self about $80

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 06-13-2011 06:57 PM

Thanks for posting I like the ideas.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#10 posted 05-29-2012 02:20 PM

You have made my thinking a reality. have a bench grinder sitting and waiting. Just bought a lathe and some HSS chisels, but I’m waiting as sharp chisels are your safest saftey device.

I have a Harbor Frieght speed regulator for their 2.25 hp to slow it down for larger bits and different woods. Wondering if it can be applied with an electric motor in this kind of setup?

Your Norton stone is OK? Went to purchase a 80 and a 120 grit at Amazon and they had a 2 star rating re: being true and having stable centers?

Haven’t built mine yet thanks for leading the way! :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 05-29-2012 07:10 PM

This makes a nice addition to your shop. Congratulations.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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