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Project by bentium posted 12-08-2013 01:32 AM 2744 views 31 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The more I get myself into hand tools, the more I feel the need of a dedicated sharpening station. So here it is. It can also serve as a small workbench. The top is 3” think, with a slab of black granite incorporated. The middle is a well for a water bucket. When it is in use for sharpening, the cover for the well can be removed, and an attachment to the well will enable the stone holder to sit tightly above the well. The granite slab provides a flat surface for any flattening jobs using sand papers. The last picture shows some of the waterstones that I am using. I have to say the coarse stones (Norton 220 and 1000) are painful to use, as they become out of flat very easily. But again it might be a problem of my sharpening skill. Fortunately those stones are used less often than the 4000 and 8000 stones. I am planning to use the glass tiles with some sand papers for the coarse grit work ongoing.

The station measures 21”(D)x36”(W)x34”(H). It is primarily made out of savaged wood of various species, mostly Poplar, Fir, Pine and Oak. It is finished with yellow shellac and poly.

I tried the station out a couple of days ago, and it is quite convenient to setup and quite comfortable to bring razor sharp edges to my plane blades and chisels.





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NinjaAssassin

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#1 posted 12-08-2013 01:35 AM

Looks great. Nice idea incorporating the flat granite slab. Nice job!

-- - Billy

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socrbent

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 02:23 AM

Looks very useful yet beautiful. The beefy construction should make it solid for sharpening. Where did you source the granite to insure that it is flat?

-- socrbent Ohio

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CL810

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#3 posted 12-08-2013 02:53 AM

Solid design – well done.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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Nik

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#4 posted 12-08-2013 08:38 AM

It’s beautiful! Great idea to put a well. I haven’t seen that before. I might borrow your idea when I get around to building a sharpening station.

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#5 posted 12-08-2013 09:13 AM

I wish I could have one..
Beautiful,,,

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Kaleb the Swede

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#6 posted 12-08-2013 11:34 AM

Wow! Very smart setup with a lot of space and storage. Your sharpening station is much nicer than my bench

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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MC

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#7 posted 12-08-2013 11:53 AM

Very nice setup!

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ken_c

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#8 posted 12-08-2013 01:04 PM

that is a very “sharp” looking table :-)

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gsimon

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#9 posted 12-08-2013 02:49 PM

I agree with making a functionable unit beautiful – it is afterall a piece of furniture that you look at and experience everyday- the fact that it contains reclaimed wood makes it all the more charming
Excellent work
Greg

-- Greg Simon

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Woodbridge

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#10 posted 12-08-2013 03:27 PM

execellent sharpening station. Something like that would come in handy on my shop.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 12-08-2013 03:42 PM

That will be a great addition to any shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 12-08-2013 03:44 PM

Wow this is a work of art. What a great work station…

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

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TheWoodenOyster

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#13 posted 12-08-2013 04:59 PM

Awesome! looks like a much shwankier version of mine

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#14 posted 12-08-2013 05:27 PM

That is a fantastic sharpening bench. The trestle construction and thick top look really sturdy, and the built-in well is a neat idea. Having all those drawers for storage is handy, too. Puts my sharpening bench to shame.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#15 posted 12-08-2013 06:00 PM

Very nice bench and sharpening station you havedone an excellent job making it…My favorite for today.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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