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Project by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 09-29-2018 01:38 AM 1218 views 14 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I have been either restoring hand planes or using my hand-tools and sharpening has always been a bone on contention for me because I never seemed to have any of my sharpening stones or honing guides to actually carry out the sharpening.

I thought that if I remedied this problem that I had and put everything in one place then I would sharpen my tools a lot more often. So I have spent a lot of research on methods of sharpening, do I go the dry or wet root so I fooled around with both and decided to go with the dry method, so I purchased 2 DMT diamond sharpening stones and since I already had the Veritas MKII honing jig I used that until I was comfortable and then master hand sharpening with out the aid of guides. I also took a sharpening class at my local Woodcraft store which I found very informative especially on the technique end of the process.

Research:
I did a lot of research online and I decided to incorporate 2 features to the sharpening station, the first was to create recesses in the sharpening tray which is where the diamond and honing plates will sit and the second was to incorporate finger (box ) joints, just to add some decorative elements to the station as I will be using some poplar and oak.

3D Drawing:
I usually always create a 3D rendering of the project and this was no different, below you can see what I came up with.

Features:
- The station is made from poplar and oak, the joinery method is glue and box joints.
- The upper tray where the sharpening stones are recessed into is totally removable revealing a box where I can store all my honing jigs, strops and the like.
-I created recesses in the base to hold all the honing jigs so as that they would not rattle around in the box.
- I also made my own handles out of scrap ash that I had from a previous project.
-Finally applied a urethane finish to protect it from the abuse I know I will be giving it.

I have to say that having the station is awesome and it is right beside my bench whenever I need to sharpen my tools, if I ever get to build a traditional woodworking bench I will add a cleat to the underside of the station that way I can clamp it into a vise on the bench.

Thanks for looking.

PS: I did create a blog on this project on my site and you can check it out here.

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”





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swirt

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#1 posted 09-29-2018 01:55 AM

Great idea. Well done.

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#2 posted 09-29-2018 02:04 AM

nice Ed ….GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 09-29-2018 07:13 AM

Sounds like you have everything in one place, that will certainly help efficiency. Beside that I hear it’s all muscle memory.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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woodchuckerNJ

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#4 posted 09-29-2018 01:59 PM

nice idea, to me diamond still is a wet process. The swarf will load up in the diamond. And the liquid acts to remove the swarf, but also as a lubricant to make it easier.

what do you do when not in use, do you flip the top over, are they glued to the board?

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 09-29-2018 02:33 PM

Cool, this is on my bucket list. Looks like a nicely organized, compact, functional solution!

On the thread by Jeff, I also use oil/water and see a need for keeping these from damaging the wood lid (saran wrap perhaps?)

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#6 posted 09-29-2018 03:38 PM



nice idea, to me diamond still is a wet process. The swarf will load up in the diamond. And the liquid acts to remove the swarf, but also as a lubricant to make it easier.

what do you do when not in use, do you flip the top over, are they glued to the board?

- woodchuckerNJ


No there not glued in.. I simply remove the plates and store them in the box, you could flip the top over or not, your choice. I was actually thinking of putting some earth magnets in so I could turn the top over.. leaving more space in the box

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#7 posted 09-29-2018 03:40 PM



Cool, this is on my bucket list. Looks like a nicely organized, compact, functional solution!

On the thread by Jeff, I also use oil/water and see a need for keeping these from damaging the wood lid (saran wrap perhaps?)

- splintergroup

I put 3 coats of poly on the lid to keep it protected .. I don’t use water I use glass cleaner solution to remove the swarf

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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#8 posted 09-29-2018 03:40 PM



Sounds like you have everything in one place, that will certainly help efficiency. Beside that I hear it s all muscle memory.

Thanks for posting.

- therealSteveN


Thanks

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#9 posted 09-29-2018 03:41 PM



nice Ed ….GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER


Thanks

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#10 posted 09-29-2018 03:41 PM



Great idea. Well done.

- swirt


Thanks

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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#11 posted 09-29-2018 06:17 PM

Nice.

-- Petey

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#12 posted 09-29-2018 11:26 PM

Well done! I need to make something like it. What kind of stones are you using?

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#13 posted 09-30-2018 12:13 AM



Well done! I need to make something like it. What kind of stones are you using?

- ravensrock


I am using DMT diamond plates.. I only have course and fine I need to get 1 or 2 more

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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#14 posted 09-30-2018 12:54 AM

Very nice. Collecting ideas for a sharpening station of my own. Adding this to the mix.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#15 posted 09-30-2018 09:58 PM

Clever, functional, and looks rock solid. That should last at least a lifetime.

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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