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Project by lysdexic posted 02-27-2012 12:47 AM 6005 views 24 times favorited 62 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In Jim Tolpin’s The New Traditional Woodworker he states that all sharpening gear should be out and ready to go. You should not place anything down in that space, even temporarily, that will get in the way.

In that spirit and made simple sharpening station / jig to lower my energy of sharpening activation. The design is borrowed from Lie Nielsen’s free PDF. I recently purchased a set of oil stones and this jig allows quick bevel angle set up – to include microbevels. Instead of screwing a stop to the surface I decided to route a 3mm deep recesses (during which I made several mistakes). The most important thing is that instead of having a single “station” in which a place different stones, these are all out ready to go from soft – hard -black – transluscent with no fuss.

I left room so the lids can be used to keep away the inevitable dust.

The 1/8” shim is used for microbevels.

The granite and sand paper serve a variety of purposes.

The strop is a gift from a fellow LJ.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 12:50 AM

Wow very nice set up and super photo lay out.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-27-2012 12:54 AM

Damn Jim. You are always there.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#3 posted 02-27-2012 01:03 AM

Looks real handy Scott. I made a similar stop block set last week myself. I like the shim idea for the micro bevels. The boxes your stones came in are sweet. Well done sir.

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#4 posted 02-27-2012 01:10 AM

Very nice. You did a fine job on the construction and it should serve you for a long time. Oh your lids are pretty to.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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lysdexic

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#5 posted 02-27-2012 01:15 AM

Thanks Shane. I have to get to the point where it is effortless to pop out an iron, slide it into a jig, hone, pull the wire off, strop and get back to work.

The lids are nice. I am considering planing the label off.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#6 posted 02-27-2012 01:30 AM

Thats a cool setup, I need that type of organization!

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

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#7 posted 02-27-2012 01:53 AM

I really like the bench hook to hold it in place. I’m forever chasing my stones across the table while sharpening.
Did you put any finish on it?

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lysdexic

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#8 posted 02-27-2012 02:16 AM

Andreas, I did put a quick coat of wipe on poly and sanded it in with 400 grit. Simply cause I can’t stand not putting a little finish on it.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#9 posted 02-27-2012 02:45 AM

I’ve been planning on building one of these. I like your design and may steal a few ideas. Do you find the strop useful? Would it really help after using the translucent stone? I’m still hemming and hawing about switching from oil stones to wet stones to quicken the sharpening process… I’ll need to decide before finalizing stone positions, etc, though maybe I could come up with some variable clamping jig for them.

What height is the bench at? I’ve read that lower benches make locking your arm when sharpening easier (though it wouldn’t matter so much if you use a honing guide).

-- Allen, Colorado

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lysdexic

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#10 posted 02-27-2012 03:25 AM

Bob,
That bench is 37 1/2” tall and the bench hook sits on top of that. I am 6’ 3” and I like the working height.

As far as the strop goes, I have made a commitment to oil stones. I know that they do not cut as fast but I am not in a production setting so every second does not count. I do know that I am a bit lazy when it comes to mainteneance type thinks. Having to soak my 1000/8000 was a PITA so a put off sharpening. Flattening the waterstones is a PITA so I put that off for a while too. I think that this set up will work better for me.

I live in the south and work in a un-air conditioned garage so rust is is a perennial battle. Sharpening my tools in water just doesn’t make sense to me.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#11 posted 02-27-2012 03:28 AM

Nice work station. You will enjoy this.

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#12 posted 02-27-2012 03:49 AM

Nice setup here…awesome station.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#13 posted 02-27-2012 05:07 AM

Mey I sugest my bargage can if your gonna throw away the water stones L?

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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#14 posted 02-27-2012 09:51 AM

I also switched to oil stones recently. I was using Sigma Select waterstones before, but I also prefer the oil stones. They are much less messy and everything is ready and at your bench.

I’m also thinking about building a sharpening station, and this has some great ideas. I use the Veritas Mk2, but I would prefer to set the bevel using blocks because my cambered blades (which are almost all of my plane blades) don’t register well on the honing guide.

-- Charles from California

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Brit

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#15 posted 02-27-2012 11:25 AM

Very nice sharpening station Scott. I must get around to building one of these. Its so much easier to have it all laid out like that. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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