Bargain Sharpening Table

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Project by TheWoodenOyster posted 04-10-2013 01:40 AM 2046 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have an explosive streak in me. Actually two, but I will deal with the non-petroleum based explosive streak today. When I am sharpening in the shop and I get water on my freshly sanded project, I get frustrated. When I get frustrated, I tend to punch inanimate objects. When I punch inanimate objects, I feel like a angsty teenager. Don’t feel like an angsty teenager, get rid of cable and upgrade to DirectTV. Just kidding. Seriously though, it is bad practice for multiple reasons to smash your shop up because you get frustrated. One of the recurring frustrations I have is finding a good setup for sharpening. I get water everywhere and get my workbench soaking wet. Well, as I set up my new shop, I have opportunities to rid myself of frustration and set myself up for success. My newly built sharpening table is the answer to my sharpening prayers.

The table is made from leftovers, scraps, even junk left out by the road. It was cheap, but it is effective. I got the granite slab from a stone contractor that I worked with when I was doing general contracting down in Houston. I got the drawers and cabinet from the side of the road. All of the rest of the wood was left over from projects. The casters on the bottom are from Harbor Freight.

The table is coplanar and level with the router table and table saw, so it can be used as a outfeed table. The dead flat granite top is good for, you guessed it, sharpening and flattening. The table top will also be useful for small project glue-ups, as glue comes off of the granite easily. I put free-turning casters with locks on the bottom, so the table can be rolled around, even into the driveway if need be. I made this feature a priority, because I always manage to get everything within a 10 foot radius of me wet when I sharpen things. Given all of the cast iron tools around, I want to be able to wheel myself out range of all of my non-aqueous tools while I sharpen. With the wheels on the bottom, I will most likely sharpen in the driveway, or even on the back porch. One other water feature is a drip ledge on the bottom of the granite slab to prevent water from running down into the cabinet portion. The cabinets are made of cheapy mdf, so if water managed to travel on the underside of the granite back to the cabinet, it would likely disintegrate the mdf after a few rounds of sharpening. I made a removable plywood top that fits over the granite snug and holds my sharpening stones and strop. I would have liked to make this top out of something more water resistant, but the plywood was free.

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to set up my sharpening station, and I think this is a great result. I plan to use this thing until the mdf crumples up. There’s no feeling like knowing planning and preparation are saving you a ton of frustration and wasted time. No more bloody knuckles.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#1 posted 04-10-2013 08:41 AM

That should serve you well, Nice job

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-11-2013 02:24 AM

Well, I’m here not far from Houston and I have a bunch of granite scraps from some former contracting too…. but I have enough solid pressure-treated material to avoid the MDF disintegration issue (although with side-of-the-road drawers of dubious origin), so I could do a clone of your super idea that might last! Just no time to do it right now….. BUT it goes into the “one day” hopper! Good job and thanks!

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