Sharpening Bench with Granite Top

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Project by MarkNE posted 10-01-2010 04:10 PM 5234 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a year of trying to sharpen on my work bench and the mess that was difficult to clean I decided to build a dedicated sharpening bench.

Since I had some quarter sawn white oak left over from a project that I intended to build for my daughter (she did not go for the arts and crafts era designs), I proceeded to use it for my new sharpening bench.

The frame is quarter sawn white oak and the panels and drawer boxes are cherry. The panels are re-sawn and book matched. The drawer bottoms are baltic birch 3/8” ply and the drawer pulls are also white oak.

The finish on the oak is a trans tint and denatured alcohol mix finished with 2 coats of poly. The panels and drawer fronts are min wax antique oil finish which I will eventually coat with poly. Drawer boxes are finished with 2 coats of shellac and then waxed.

The top is attached with only clear silicone at the corners and it is very stable.

The only metal in the project are the screws holding the drawer pulls and also holding the rear drawer stop. The joints are all festool dominos.

-- Mark, Nebraska

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#1 posted 10-01-2010 04:32 PM

Nice bench! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 10-01-2010 04:33 PM

Hello Mark,
Pardon me for saying so but that would make a nice desk.
Beautiful job.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#3 posted 10-01-2010 04:37 PM

Now THAT’S a sharpening bench!! Blades will become sharper just in the presence of such a nice bench. I like it!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 10-01-2010 04:53 PM

Cool, wish I had room for that.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 05:06 PM

Man , when you make something for your shop you just go all out. That is a super nice sharpening bench and you’ve done a wonderful job. Congratulations.

-- 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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#6 posted 10-01-2010 05:13 PM

Wow! Just wow. Very cool idea.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 05:16 PM

Hehe, very nice. I would put that in my living room :)

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#8 posted 10-01-2010 05:55 PM

I would be happy as a clam to put that in the kitchen / office. If that’s your idea of shop furniture I’d love to see your in home furniture.
Great work, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#9 posted 10-01-2010 06:32 PM

Ditto what others have said….that’s no sharpening bench… that is a desk to be displayed proudly in any room in your house!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Eric in Florida.

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#10 posted 10-01-2010 07:10 PM

That is hands down the nicest sharpening bench I’ve have ever seen.
I agree with the rest of the guys.
That is nicer then my desk in my home office!

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#11 posted 10-01-2010 08:32 PM

:—O very nice table and eqiebt after it with some great sharpening tools

are you sure your tools have the nerve to get near it….LOL

thank´s for sharing


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#12 posted 10-01-2010 08:36 PM

Very nice. You’ve done well.
Was it a hassle to source the marble?

-- Daniel -

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#13 posted 10-02-2010 02:30 AM


That’s gorgeous! Now go out and have someone else sharpen your blades so you don’t mess it up! ;-)

Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 10-04-2010 02:42 AM

gorgeous, my sharpening bench is an old workmate. I don’t even know how to sharpen

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#15 posted 10-17-2010 09:24 PM

Nice sharpening bench.

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