Fancy Sharpening Station

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Project by FaTToaD posted 02-06-2011 04:29 AM 5169 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I finally decided it was time to get serious about sharpening my tools. I eventually want to get some diamond stones, water stones, etc but I figured I start the cheap way by using the scary sharp method.

This is probably a little over done but it gave me something to work on besides the wine cork displays that I have on order. I have sort of been putting them off, hence all the projects I’ve posted in the last few days.

The construction consist of 1/4” of plate glass on top of a 1/4” piece of plywood (just for looks) on top of a 1/2” piece of MDF. The miter keys are cedar. All this was surrounded by some 3/4” oak I had lying around. I finished the oak with Feed-N-Wax. I wanted to see how this stuff would hold up as the only finish.

Last time I put in an order with the guy I get my glass from I asked him about 1/4” glass. I told him the general size I was looking for and he gave 12” x 24” piece free with my order. Not bad, the only thing I had to buy was some 1000 and 2000 grit sand paper at the local AutoZone. The sandpaper goes 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 2000. Now I need to make time to sharpen all my chisels and plane irons…

Thanks for looking!


-- David

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 04:53 AM

Looks great. Having a sharpening station makes the process easier, and more likely to be done regularly, as opposed to something you have to set up each time.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 05:01 AM

realy the deluxe model of the year :-)
ain´t bad at all and you can make a quick shift to laping the back of planes iron and soles

take care

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 05:04 AM

That is a great idea! More for the to do list…

-- christopheralan

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 05:16 AM

Are you going to be using water on that ?

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

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#5 posted 02-06-2011 05:30 AM

I like the idea of having this set up all the time rather than assembling it to use it and then taking it apart when finished.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 02-06-2011 05:57 AM

That looks like just the ticket for some super sharp tools.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#7 posted 02-06-2011 06:09 AM

Hey there David, I have a set up like this and it works great ! Of coarse My base is not as stylish as Yours. Kind of like the DP tables, You are always showing Me up(LOL) ! I am going to have to stock up on some nicer materials if I am to keep up with Your shop fixtures !!! Thanks for sharing ! ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#8 posted 02-06-2011 10:14 AM

Looks really good, but how will you flatten the backs of you irons/chisels :( ?

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#9 posted 02-06-2011 02:54 PM

this is a nice setup for using sandpaper. I agree with Ole. You could cut the length of each paper strip a little, so you could use that front edge for flattening the backs. Scary sharp fer sure tho!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 02-06-2011 09:08 PM

Ole/Roger, you’re right, I was in such a hurry to get the sandpaper on there so I could take pictures I put the sandpaper away from the edge! I didn’t even realize it until you said something. My original intention was to place the paper at the front edge, that’s why I left a 1/8” gap below the glass. Looks like I’m going to have to pull up the sandpaper and try again. Thanks for pointing that out!

-- David

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#11 posted 02-07-2011 06:49 PM

Nicely done. Looks great and should be very handy. Should help speed up your sharpening times as well.

-- Matt -

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