homemade sharpening station

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Project by luv2learn posted 03-09-2012 09:25 PM 33188 views 130 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, being rather new to woodworking I sought out some sage advise from some of my more experienced woodworking friends. One piece of advise was,” keep your tools sharp”. Well, I was not very good at tool sharpening nor did I have the equipment to do it with so I was looking for something that would compensate for my inexperience and lack of tools. I saw this sharpening station build in a 2010 issue of American Woodworker and thought, now that is a novel approach to tool sharpening, so I decided to build one.

The station, disk driver, and disks are made from 3/4” MDF. The driver and disks are 5” in dia. Off the shelf self-adhesive sanding disks can be used or you can make your own. The disks are held to the driver by two 1/2” rare earth magnets. Changing disks is a matter of a simple twist of the wrist. The driver attaches to the drill press by a 1/4” piece of metal dowel rod epoxied into it’s center.

There are two more rare earth magnets under the tool rest to help stabilize the tool. The tool clamping mechanism can be adjusted to 3”, more than enough to sharpen plane blades. The tool holder can be skewed to accommodate sharpening some of your turning tools. And the tool rest can be adjusted up or down to the desired angle.

To use the tool set your drill press speed to it’s lowest setting and then gently lower the driver to the tool for just a few seconds. That is all it takes unless you have a really chipped or dull tool. My wood chisels have never looked so good :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 03-09-2012 09:39 PM

It’s original idea. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 09:40 PM

cool project. thanks

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 10:09 PM

looks good. cool idea.

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 11:38 PM

Ingenious—it’s amazing what a brain can do when you open it up and use it! Congratulations on another innovative solution.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 03-10-2012 12:06 AM

Thanks for the idea!

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#6 posted 03-10-2012 12:09 AM

What a great idea. You guys make me feel dumb.

Wonderful job

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#7 posted 03-10-2012 12:20 AM

  • adds to the to-do list *

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#8 posted 03-10-2012 02:10 AM

Wow- you really put a lot of work into that! I like it!

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#9 posted 03-10-2012 02:18 AM

That looks like a great idea. Now I’ll have to buy a good drill press. What grit paper do you use?

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#10 posted 03-10-2012 02:32 AM

Wow, this is innovative.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 03-10-2012 03:04 AM


-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#12 posted 03-10-2012 03:18 AM

Ok, that’s just plain cool! I just posted my version of the ShopNotes design. If I saw yours first, I might have built that instead. LOL

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#13 posted 03-10-2012 03:21 AM

great job….

I have to add this one to my list.

I stopped taking AW years ago though….

Hmmmmm…. where to dig that issue up?

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#14 posted 03-10-2012 04:32 AM

Who needs a Tormek? That’s really cool.

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#15 posted 03-10-2012 04:35 AM

WOW! I’d like to shake your hand! This is something every woodworker should have in their shop. I like it! I need to make one!
Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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