Sharpening Bench and Jig

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Project by kw193 posted 10-27-2010 06:16 AM 5990 views 35 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This dedicated sharpening bench is made out of country maple, maple, and some maple plywood. It has an 8×11x2 inch piece of granite set into the butcher block top. Most of the joinery was done using a Festool domino. The design was inspired by one made at I bought the 24×36 butcher-block top from Grizzly. It was priced right, and I have made one in the past, so I did not feel like I was missing out on the experience.

The sharpening jig was designed by me to hold 3 water stones at the same time, so that I could run through them in order. I built it so that the water and sludge would be held in the jig, and not run onto the table top. It is made out of Baltic birch, and held secure to the table via a bench dog and wonder-pup screw-vise.

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 06:55 AM

Nice work.
That’ll sure come in handy.

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

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 06:57 AM

This is really beautiful

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 07:29 AM

Good looking and useful project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 09:08 AM

That’s a beautiful & very useful addition to any workshop
Well done

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 10:07 AM

What a great table! Looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 10-27-2010 12:47 PM

Great build. It would be a pleasure to sharpen anything at a station like this. Great idea

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 10-27-2010 12:59 PM

Beautiful. I like the drawer pulls you chose.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 01:39 PM

Very nice work station, enjoy using it as well…BC

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#9 posted 10-27-2010 05:45 PM

Very nice table. Would look very nice in any part of a home, not just a shop.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 10-27-2010 07:38 PM

very nice and neat

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 10-27-2010 10:56 PM

Great job, I’m working on his small table myself – god I wish I had room for this!

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#12 posted 10-27-2010 11:39 PM

niiice bench you got there, may it serve you well


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#13 posted 10-28-2010 07:05 AM

Awesome job, looks like a piece of furniture to go in your living room. Superb work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#14 posted 10-28-2010 12:36 PM

Wauuuu, I would love to have a place like that for sharpening.
Beautiful made, and a wonderful place with all at hand.
Best thoughts,

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

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#15 posted 10-28-2010 11:59 PM

Really great job. You have given some good ideas—Thanks

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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