|Project by bobasaurus||posted 11-26-2012 11:02 PM||10109 views||42 times favorited||12 comments|
I built this mini workbench to hold all my sharpening equipment, keeping abrasive grit and metal slurry away from my main bench. It’s built entirely from construction-grade lumber (mostly laminated SPF 2×4s), with mortise and tenon joints. I cut the tenons on the table saw, but hand chopped the mortises. The top is MDF screwed to plywood for extra rigidity (ugly, but functional). Finished with lots of poly to resist water, etc. I put on 4 leveling feet to make it sit flat on my uneven floor.
The 8” slow grinder is mainly used for lathe chisels and plane irons. I built a Wolverine-like V-shaped jig using t-track for sharpening spindle gouges and parting tools, and bought the vari-grind attachment for bowl gouge side grinding. I also made larger standard tool rests for general grinding, and lathe scrapers/skews. I keep a diamond dressing tool nearby for keeping the wheels flat.
On the left I have my Shapton waterstones (5k, 8k, and 15k grits) in a box for easy access, clamped between dog holes. There is a 300/1k grit combo diamond plate there for flattening the waterstones and doing rough bevel shaping. I try to follow the Rob Cosman method of sharpening by hand, and it works really well. I also have a granite surface plate for general-purpose flattening, and a veritas lapping plate (not pictured) for flattening hand plane soles.
I really like having this setup in the shop now. It encourages me to keep my tools razor sharp when all the equipment is out and ready like this. It’s also right next to the lathe so I can quickly touch-up tools while turning.
Edit: I should mention that several fine lumberjocks projects inspired me when making this:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/39081 (this one is fantastic!)
-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)