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Project by luv2learn posted 896 days ago 10780 views 112 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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Jiri Parkman

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#1 posted 896 days ago

It’s original idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jiri

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cyberguy

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#2 posted 896 days ago

cool project. thanks

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#3 posted 896 days ago

looks good. cool idea.

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#4 posted 895 days ago

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 895 days ago

Thanks for the idea!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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cwdance1

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#6 posted 895 days ago

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

Wonderful job

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Sodabowski

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#7 posted 895 days ago

  • adds to the to-do list *

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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StumpyNubs

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#8 posted 895 days ago

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

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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RandyM68

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#9 posted 895 days ago

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

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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BTKS

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#10 posted 895 days ago

Wow, this is innovative.

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

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vakman

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#11 posted 895 days ago

Slickness.

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

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DaveTPilot

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#12 posted 895 days ago

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

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com

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Mainiac Matt

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#13 posted 895 days ago

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?

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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BTimmons

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#14 posted 895 days ago

Who needs a Tormek? That’s really cool.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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woodshaver

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#15 posted 895 days ago

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!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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