|Project by bobasaurus||posted 11-18-2012 06:59 PM||2011 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
I made this shallow box to hold my set of Shapton sharpening stones. The sides are walnut, and the top/bottom are just plywood with the top surface veneered with sapele. I made a few mistakes through this thing… I hand cut dovetails for the sides, but didn’t do a good job of hiding the dados and rabets for the plywood, so I had to plug several square holes in the end grain edges (I need to learn how to cut stopped dados or just use half-blinds, I guess). The box also moved as I was cutting the top off on the table saw, so I had to plane it a lot to get the top and bottom to meet somewhat cleanly. Also, the plywood was so warped that it flexed the bottom assembly a bit. Oh well, it’s just going to get dirty and gritty in the shop as I use the stones anyhow. I’ve already sharpened a few times with this setup in the box and it works great. I have high-friction rubber feet on the bottom that keep it in place while sharpening. The stones are easily removable for flattening on a granite plate, and fit well enough that they don’t need any wedges or fancy clamps to hold them in use. There are also holes in the bottom for drainage and airflow when drying. I used a spar urethane finish to be water resistant and durable, and it cleans up really easy with a wet rag when abrasive slurry spills over the stones.
This stone set has a 1K, 5K, and 8K… but now after seeing Rob Cosman sharpen in person yesterday, I want to buy a 15k or 16k stone for the final stage… poor planning making a box for just 3. Maybe I’ll replace the 8K with the new stone.
-- Allen, Colorado