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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #31: DIY Veritas Powered Sharpening System

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 02-19-2015 02:24 PM 1436 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a Pro subscription to Instructables.com, which has come in handy many a time. In today’s suggestions email I found an Instructable on making your own powered sharpening system, designed similar to the Veritas unit costing about $400 USD. Being a tinkerer at heart, I thought it precious that the motor unit came from a bread maker: my wife has one just like the one used in the Instructable. We all know where that beast will be in its second life.

Makendo’s Sharpening System Instructable can found here.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA



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handsawgeek

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#1 posted 02-19-2015 02:29 PM

Hey, Paul,
Looks just like my kind of project.
I particularly like his design for a honing guide! Looks vaguely familiar.

I wonder if an old record turntable might work for such a system.

-- Ed

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Paul Bucalo

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#2 posted 02-19-2015 02:38 PM



Hey, Paul,
Looks just like my kind of project.
I particularly like his design for a honing guide! Looks vaguely familiar.

I wonder if an old record turntable might work for such a system.

- handsawgeek

Heh-heh. I had you in mind when I posted this, Ed. I just knew you would salivate over the DIY factor. ;)

I wondered as well if a turntable would work. Then I read where a powerful motor and gearing system was needed. Of course. The pressure and weight applied to the spinning surface would be too great for a belt driven turntable and I doubt any direct drive unit would have the torque to sustain a constant speed under load. So I guess one could use a washing machine motor and gear/belt assembly. It would be a large, bulky machine when done. Or, how about acquiring the appropriate gearing to work with a 1/2” heavy duty AC powered hand drill?

Hmmm, I guess I better pass this one on to Izzy Swan. :D

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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handsawgeek

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#3 posted 02-19-2015 03:13 PM

So true on the turntable motors. Come to think of it, they are rather wimpy.

-- Ed

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 02-19-2015 03:38 PM

My wife has one too. “Honey it broke, I’ll just throw it out…..” I wonder if that will work. Course I would miss the bread for lunch

Smart. Thanks for sharing

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Paul Bucalo

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#5 posted 02-19-2015 04:13 PM



So true on the turntable motors. Come to think of it, they are rather wimpy.

- handsawgeek

Yep. But I’m sure a bunch of other possible sources are going through you mind now. ;)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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Paul Bucalo

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#6 posted 02-19-2015 04:16 PM



My wife has one too. “Honey it broke, I ll just throw it out…..” I wonder if that will work. Course I would miss the bread for lunch

Smart. Thanks for sharing

- Kaleb the Swede

You’re most welcome, Kaleb!

I agree with the Instructable poster in that these things usually fail in the area that does work. If one ‘breaks’ it probably still has a usable motor and gear assembly. I wonder what a used one in a thrift show or off of Craigslist would cost? Hmm..

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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handsawgeek

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#7 posted 02-19-2015 04:29 PM

I’m visualizing something non-tron that involves a treadle and flywheel…..

-- Ed

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Paul Bucalo

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#8 posted 02-19-2015 04:46 PM

Been watching a lot of Roy Underhill’s video lately, Ed? :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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handsawgeek

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#9 posted 02-19-2015 05:02 PM

Yeah..Well….OK…I have….but I definitely DID NOT, just last Friday, download the PDF article about St. Roy’s treadle lathe !!!

-- Ed

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LJackson

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#10 posted 02-19-2015 07:56 PM

You have a pro subscription to Instructables? Wow, I always thought their info was pure crap. Whenever Instructables, eHow, or one of the other DIY instruction web sites come up in search results, I always just skipped them. I may have to give Instructables a second chance. Perhaps I’m lumping them in with the others when I shouldn’t.

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Paul Bucalo

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#11 posted 02-19-2015 08:13 PM



You have a pro subscription to Instructables? Wow, I always thought their info was pure crap. Whenever Instructables, eHow, or one of the other DIY instruction web sites come up in search results, I always just skipped them. I may have to give Instructables a second chance. Perhaps I m lumping them in with the others when I shouldn t.

- LJackson

LJ, just like here or any other social site. If it has been a while since you cruised the pages, you may not know that a lot of content on there is from people who would be posting here, too. Yeah, I have come up with some great stuff from there. And yes, a lot of crap, as you already know. By the way, the $20 for two years gives me the ability to not only save favorites, but to download them as a PDFs. If I only found one valuable plan per year, wouldn’t you say it was worth the ten dollars each? I think so. YMMV. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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