Ultimate Sharpening Station

Ultimate Sharpening Station

Everything
you need
to make a
razor-sharp
edge is right
at your
fingertips.

By Brad Holden

If your sharpening supplies are
scattered all over your shop, here’s
a project designed to keep them
in one place. This station holds everything
you need for grinding, lapping
and honing, with room to spare for
storing tools.

Picture this: you’re grinding at the
perfect height for precision work. When
you’re done, you push the grinder back
out of the way and vacuum or wipe off
grinding dust from the cabinet’s plastic
laminate surface. You pull a rubber mat
from its storage pocket, retrieve your
stones from one of the drawers, and
you’re ready to hone.

That mat is really terrific. It’s made
from flexible but firm solid rubber.
Water can’t soak in; it just makes
puddles. Better yet, stones stay put, as
if they were locked in place.

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The station’s top is
designed to survive
water, grit, oil and shop
dings. Begin building
the top by gluing thick,
solid edging to an MDF
substrate. Level the
edging with coarse
sandpaper, then glue
on an oversized piece
of plastic laminate.

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Trim the laminate
flush to the
edging by routing a
large chamfer.

Glue T-track into
the slots with
epoxy. Add screws
to clamp the T-track
in place.

This story originally appeared in American Woodworker October 2007, issue #131.

October 2007, issue #131

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