Sharpening station waterstones #4: Workshop sharpening station now

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Blog entry by mafe posted 11-20-2016 10:26 PM 2573 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Workshop sharpening station

Some time back I posted a blog about my sharpening station, as with everything in my life, this station is a work in progress and so I thought it was time to post an update on how it looks after it has been in use for a while, since things tend to change from thought to use.

It is still placed right next to the workbench, this is for me the good spot, I can use the bench for extra space and I can make a quick touch up on a dull edge or just a hone to keep it razor sharp.

The basics are an old office cabinet, this just because it was free and made of wood…
Second after a while I added a board to the French cladding on the wall behind the station, this because I realized I needed the most used stones and gear close at hand.

The board is just plywood with different holders on it.

On the left a holder for the small stones, hollow, round, edge and so on, like this every type of iron can get sharp.
A tin can for markers, pencils and other stuff. I use markers when sharpening to make sure I hit the surface fast and not spend time grinding of more material than needed.
On the right a jewelers loupe to see check on the edge and traces of last grid and traces of burr.
Then guides, the classic Eclipse 36 is my favorite for straight edges and chisels, Record 161 for rounds since it rolls only at one wheel and finally the ugly Stanley that can hold on some shapes where the two others give up.
In general I use the guides when sharpening, where a touch up and stropping is done freehand.
Then a thin metal ruler for the back of plane irons and a wood hammer for the wedges that hold my stones in place. On the small shelf and under again more stones, Japanese and natural. I use water for lubrication, so the stones have been flattened down to remove oil if they were used with oil before.
I have to say I like natural stones the most, they just feel more right, but for sharpening I use all kinds, the choice is made from grid, shape and feel.

The cabinet.
As you can see I made small shelf’s for each stone and holder and they are ordered by grid, 120 – 8000.
On the left a water container with white lid.

This is used to soak the stones in.

When Sharpening this water sprayer keeps the stones wet and the dirt of.
(Yes it is ugly, but it works so well I accept it – if I had running water at the pond, I would trash it).
The pond is still a favorite of mine, one of these things that really made sense to make.

Then in a box gloves, different oils, I like Camelia oil use it after sharpening, just a wee on a cloth to prevent rust and make it cut more easy.
Also the green paste for the honing strop, this is essential. I use the strop a lot, it just give this little extra in between sharpenings.

In the drawer… Extras and more.
Also the Lansky knife sharpening set, this I love still, even I become better and better at the water grinder so it slowly get less and less used.

Finally good luck, this was a gift from my daughter, when I get impatient I look at him and remind my self that I have only one life and that the quality of what I do is more important than what I do and how fast I do it.

What’s on a mans mind?

Only one life, so do your best, not your most.
Hope it could inspire to some sharpening zen.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 11-20-2016 10:47 PM

Nice to see a sharpening station set up so that it is convenient, and also meets the requirements of the user. Thoughtful addition by your daughter. ;)
When you have your sharpening equipment right where you need it, it makes it so much easier to keep those edges in top condition, and that leads to the quality results that we see you producing.
Nicely done Mads.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 11-20-2016 11:35 PM

Looks like the perfect place. Thanks for giving us the tour!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 11-20-2016 11:41 PM

Very cool. Love b it buddy.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 11-21-2016 12:03 AM

COOL setup!

It’s more than just some Stones on a pad…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 11-21-2016 03:00 AM

That is an excellent sharpening station brother.
Warm, inviting; with everything you need close at hand and room to work.
I like the slotted stone holder very much.
I would like to make one like it to hold the stones I now have tucked away here and there.
Your way is much better.
I would spend more time touching up my tools if I used a few of your ingenious methods.
Thank you for sharing your thoughtful ideas and talent.
It is great having you as a buddy on LJ’s and I have learned a lot from your posts.
Thank you Mads.

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#6 posted 11-21-2016 12:46 PM

Thanks for the update Mads. Glad you’ve found a setup that works for you.

Looks like Shave it still working hard too and he seems to have made some changes to his workshop since you first introduced him to us.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 11-21-2016 12:59 PM

I love it, Mads. I like the organization you have within the station so you can go right to the job of sharpening and also have someone to to give you peace of mind!!!!!!

God job, my friend!!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 11-21-2016 04:49 PM

really nice set up Mads, your such a good woodworker who has much to share and to teach, i sure do wish you were here in the states , you could open a school…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 11-23-2016 02:51 AM

Hi there,
grizz, I did teach for some years, constructing architects, good times, I did love that, to teach but to make the studets feel they did not study and to get them to learn with a playful approach. I’m retired now, no more teaching, now time to share. Thanks for the wonderful compliment, yes it would be wonderful if we could all move to woodland, so many shops I would love to visit.
Jim, I am a lucky man, to have the time to organize and then get more time by being organized. I do love having things at hand, this is my motivation for the order, to be working in a flow and not spending the time looking for tools.
Brit, Yes Shave is still active, he is my motivator, my mini me… Love that you could spot that Andy.
Woodwrecker, really happy if you can use some of the ideas, like this the blog makes sense. For me it is essential that I can do the touch up quick and the only thing I would have done much differently was to mave bought diamond stones instead of the water stones, this because now I need to soak my stones, that takes ten minutes, not a big problem, but sometimes makes me lazy. So when I have used the stones, I will slowly buy water stones that need no soak or diamonds to replace. Thank you for your kindness.
Joe Lyddon, yeps, it’s thinking out of the pad… Or do you mean a I-pad. Smiles.
Ken90712, big smile here.
lew, always room for improvements but I am happy with it now.
Druid, it is kind of addictive to have sharp edges and yes to make wood working we need a sharp edge, otherwise it becomes wood fighting.
Thank you all for the kind words.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 11-30-2016 03:23 PM

Nice setup Mads

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 11-30-2016 05:36 PM

Hi Roger, smiles here, it tends to grow, perhaps it’s the water…
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 11-30-2016 06:25 PM

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