|Project by mpounders||posted 09-27-2010 06:52 AM||6191 views||16 times favorited||9 comments|
I have used a lot of different methods to sharpen and hone my knives and gouges and all of them seem to work pretty well with a little practice. But I recently had a chance to use a sharpener patterned after the Burke sharpeners (made and sold by the late John Burke). I used it for about a week and really became fond of the speed and ease with which I could sharpen my tools. So I built me one! The key things I liked about it was the large and wide leather honing wheel and the spacing between the wheels. I made my wheel 2 inches wide and 9 inches in diameter from some MDF wheels glued together. I used a small electric motor and a mandrel and some pulleys I had to reduce the motor speed to about 800 RPM. I used rubber cement to attach some leather to the wheel and I plan to change out the small buffing wheel to a couple of larger ones. The wheels rotate clockwise and it really makes it easy to maintain a razor sharp edge on my tools. There is plenty of room to polish my largest knives and gouges!
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com