A year-round sharpening station

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Project by ChuckM posted 02-27-2012 12:29 AM 2590 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shop is unheated and sharpening in the winter months was usually uncomfortable, if not impossible. I ran the risk of cracking my stones if I forgot to bring them inside afterwards. I decided to set up my sharpening station in my under-utilized laundry room in the basement.

To stabilize the plywood platform and the water pond, I added some high friction pads to their bottom sides. (,43456,43465)

The hardboard jigs seen in the pictures are for honing higher-angle micro-bevels as my honing guide is the Veritas Mark I model.

The laundry room is easily reverted to its original state (to the satisfaction of its owner (my wife)) once the water pond and its tools are tucked under the sink, until the next sharpening session is called for.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 12:46 AM

Very nice I really appreciate when people can make problems disappear like this. Great great job.

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#2 posted 02-27-2012 01:23 AM

Good solution nicely done

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#3 posted 02-27-2012 01:25 AM

Good thinking! I forgot about glue once in the workshop, it defrosted after 3 days anything else would have been garbage.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 02-27-2012 02:25 PM

naa it isn´t becourse of the cold
its becourse you are lazy so you start the maschiny and let
the shaking do the work for you ….. clever idea
and they say males can´t multitask
you just proofed the oppesit …. do the loundry , sharpening and with a chair infront
you can allso watch colour tv at the same time … LOL

thanks for sharing the idea with the micro bevel … even though I have the mrk II
it still can be used

take care

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#5 posted 02-27-2012 05:10 PM

Thanks guys, for all the nice and some funny responses!

Perhaps, it’s true that it’s better do the sharpening while the dryer is running, keeping me warm at all times.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#6 posted 02-28-2012 04:32 AM

I don’t have the problem of hard winter freezes, but we do have some chilly nights that over time may ruin varnish, shellac, glue etc. So here’s a tip I picked up, sorry no pics. Store water stones in a sealed box with a small light bulb that stays on, or on a timer. Not much electrical use and keeps the box just warm enough to save the liquids. You can also insulate the box with cheap form and use an even smaller bulb. Or like I have used in the past, put your glue bottles on a heating pad set to low, on a timer. But you may have to fight the glue for it occasionally. You can put the heating pad in a box and a piece of 1/8 inch hardboard on top of the heating pad. Toasty.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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