We’re gearing up for some summer travel and out of town guests, so at the start of last weekend I figured there’d be no time for any woodworking for a few weeks. Well funny thing. During a post brunch lull on Saturday, I cracked open Toshio Odates classic book to where I last left off, his chapter on sharpening stones. Becoming a competent sharpener had been on the front of my mind after my recent hand plane acquisitions—one new and one old. The last part of the chapter described building wooden bases for natural and synthetic stones. I’d been using a moist rag on the kitchen countertop which kept my water stone relatively in place, but the sides of the rag tended to interfere with my hands. Also not to mention that I’d been recently chastized for making quite a muddy mess on the kitchen countertop. So my mind started working, and it occured to me I had all the scraps needed to make the Odate stone holder with wooden wedge but set into a custom sink bridge.
After some rough measurements of our sink, I was surprised how easy and functional the end results were.
I gained a new appreciation for the simplicity and power of the wooden wedge. This stone isn’t going anywhere.
A bit later in the day, I completed my simple sharpening station with measuring out the simple wooden block guide to use with my recently bought eclipse style honing guide.
All this preceded a few hours of sharpening practice and smug self satisfaction at squeezing in a few hours of woodworking.
On Sunday morning, my fiancé suggested we get a gift basket filled with San Franciscan confections for my parents who we were visiting in a few days. Without thinking I volunteered to make the box for them. And so began my first time sensitive “commission.”
(Sorry for the sideways picture, all written from my iPhone at the airport :)
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