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Forum topic by Betsy posted 03-21-2008 02:15 AM 2039 views 1 time favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2008 02:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening station

I’ve got to start putting together a sharpening station for my hand tools. I’d be interested in your thoughts and pictures of your stations.

I don’t have a grinder and want to avoid getting one.

I’m leaning toward water stones as my preferred stones.

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 03-21-2008 02:34 AM

You’ve got my vote. I use water stones and diamond stones. I also use a hard buffing wheel, which works good for just touching up an edge.

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#2 posted 03-21-2008 03:27 AM

My sharpening station is just a small bench. Here’s a blog I did when I built it. I’ve been using it for a few months now and I really like it. I mostly use waterstones, but I do have grinder I use occasionally. It’s on it’s own base and sits in the corner most of the time. I have to have a pretty big nick or want to change the primary bevel before I pull it out.

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#3 posted 03-22-2008 04:09 AM

Mike and Tim – do you have a box or someway to hold your stones in place while you work?

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#4 posted 03-23-2008 03:19 AM

If you look at my blog and go to the last entry. The last picture is a bench hook I made to hold my stones while sharpening. The top wooden stop is at a slight angle. The stone is slid in and gets wedged in place. It works really well. The smooth tile I put on the top of the board causes the stone to stick to the top, from the surface tension of the water. It’s incredible how much it sticks. Sometimes I have to really pull to get it to pop off.

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#5 posted 03-23-2008 07:51 AM

If you get water stones make sure you get one big diamond stone to flatten them.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 03-23-2008 04:45 PM

If you look at my shop photos the last one is my sharpening, clamp, crap and junk station <laugh> It is the part of the shop I have not gotten to yet to fix up. Maybe this summer I will find the time (and drive) to make something there that will better organize that mess.

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#7 posted 03-23-2008 07:55 PM

Norton makes a surfacing stone for the water stones that is cheaper, and works better than using a diamond stone. Lee valley carries them.
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=55067&cat=1,43072,43071&ap=1(Surfacing stone)

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#8 posted 03-23-2008 09:26 PM

I have the Norton surfacing stone and a DMT stone. I really don’t care for the Norton surfacing stone. It will flatten the stones, but it seems too course for me and it removes the slurry that is so helpful when sharpening. The DMT stone works quickly and leaves a nice slurry on the stone. I do use Norton water stones and just love them, just not their surfacing stone. Just my opinion.

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#9 posted 03-23-2008 10:29 PM

Hummm – maybe I’ll have to try both flattening stones. What about flattening the stones on a granite surface with wet dry paper? Does that work ok?

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#10 posted 03-24-2008 12:12 AM

Mike, get yourself a Nagura stone. It will make all the slurry you want.

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#11 posted 03-24-2008 01:10 AM

I flatten my waterstones on wet/dry sandpaper and a $30 granite lapping plate from Woodcraft. That stone is a great surface to have on your sharpening station—it’s dead flat, so it makes setting bevel angles on a jig very easy.

I have a very simple sharpening station which I built largely with some construction lumber laying around the garage. I dried and dimensioned it and Dominoed everything together—took me less than a day. I’ll try to take pics today.

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#12 posted 03-24-2008 02:34 AM

I’ve got a granite lapping plate from Woodcraft and some paper. Will let you know how it turns out. Thanks for all the input.

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#13 posted 03-24-2008 03:42 AM

I used sandpaper and float glass for awhile. It worked well, but it was a little more messy than I liked. I think you will do well with granite stone.

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#14 posted 03-24-2008 03:53 AM

I use the norton flating stone and it works well for me.

-- WOOD/DON (...one has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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#15 posted 03-24-2008 07:41 PM

If you want perfect edges, quickly, repeatably, with minimal grinding, then you definitely should consider a Tormek. Expensive yes, but worth there weight in gold, the best edge you will ever get without a doubt.

The best thing is you can sharpen all you Mortice, dovetail, carving chisels and gouges, its even expandable at your own rate to take planer & jointer blades.

Good luck in whatever you decide.

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