|Project by BarbS||posted 03-21-2007 05:36 PM||2845 views||6 times favorited||8 comments|
Thank you for all the comments on the sharpening box pictures. I didn’t see a way to add the ‘how to’ photos in a reply message, so new thread for these. Debbie, in answer to your question, I used two sheets of 1/4” cherry ply, one of 1/2” baltic birch ply, and about 64” of a 2-1/4” wide hardwood for the outside edges. As to dimensions, it really depends on your stone collection and what you want to put in it. Mine came out approx. 17-1/2” x 13-1/2” x 2-1/8” deep.
The left photo above shows the cherry ply box bottom laid down with 1/4” overhang all around (to fit into the grooved box sides at top and bottom) and the tray liner, 1/2” baltic birch, on top of it. I laid my collection of stones and steel plate on it, with a white piece of cardboard to trace around for the indented well space.
Middle photo is after cutting it out. I had a little chipping of the birch ply since the inner borders are so close, but solved that by gently chiseling it down one ply level so it all looked the same color with no real loss. If I’d had a wide enough pine board (13-3/4”) I’d rather have used that. When it’s inset later, it is glued down and stable, but is a little delicate until that point.
The third photo shows the basic parts: four outside edges, grooved at top and bottom 1/4” deep to leave a 1/8” roundover handplaned on the outer edges, and mitered at the ends. The cherry ply top and bottom are glued in, so the miters need not be splined or feathered. The box is fully assembled, without the liner inserted, then cut apart all around on the tablesaw, 3/4” up from the bottom (with the top of the box against the fence, the right side of the blade will cut at 3/4” in from the bottom, which is resting to the left of the blade.) Then the liner is glued into the lower half and the lid will fit down over the liner with a pressure fit. I used 1/2” ply for the liner because any higher and it topped some of my stones, making them unusable in the box. 1/2” worked fine.
And by the way, almost all of the stones/steel/diamond paste and leather strop I used came from Joel Maskowitz (sp?) at toolsforworkingwood.com.
I hope that helps if you want to make one. It is hard to write it out in 200 words or less. I’m planning on writing up a magazine article on this box and am hoping there is enough interest out there in oil stones to make it worthwhile. Thanks for your comments.