kitchen sink water stone sharpening station

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Project by Sergeich posted 01-22-2015 04:42 PM 3327 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw somewhere a project where sharpening station for water stones was placed in a kitchen sink. I thought it was a nice idea because sharpening with water stones needs water and often causes quite a mess. So I decided to make something like that.
The board is made from maple. The stoppers and the wedges are made from beech. The stoppers on bottom side hold the station steady on the sink. The holes in the board and the sticks in the wedge allow to use stones of different length. I also had to make a plug for the sink because I did not find appropriate plug in a store.
And I also made a plate for levelling stones. It is made from glass and sandpaper.
Thanks for reading!
Sincerely, Serge.

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#1 posted 01-22-2015 06:46 PM

Cool sharpening setup you have over there!

What kind of finish did you use to protect wood from water?

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 07:18 PM

Thanks Yuri!
I soaked the wood pretty much with leenseed oil and then coated with several layers of natural bee wax solved in turpentine. I guess a moisture is not very critical for this jig. It is simple and will function in any case.

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#3 posted 01-22-2015 09:46 PM

Looking good! I made one of these, but the wife is slowly putting her foot down on my sharpening in the kitchen. Just watch out if you have a garbage disposal, I’ve heard others have had issues with the metal and clay/ceramic wash off ruining the motor.

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#4 posted 01-23-2015 05:51 AM

Siavosh – thanks!
Do you mean such a meat grinder under sink? No, I do not have any. And be careful. I saw in a movie the gizmo may hurt.

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#5 posted 01-24-2015 06:08 PM

Looks like a well thought out and constructed jig, Sergeich! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 01-26-2015 05:19 AM

Candy – thank you!

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#7 posted 01-26-2015 05:22 AM

Some big stones you have there

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#8 posted 01-26-2015 08:06 PM

If I had a sink in my shop I’d build this right now. Nice jig.

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#9 posted 02-09-2015 03:07 AM

Very nice! I think that you should really get a video of the sharpening set in action so that we can really see how it works and give any further comments of need be. What I’d really like to know is how you’re going to keep all the equipment and how exactly the “plumbing” of the setup is going to help keep the countertop clean.

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#10 posted 02-09-2015 02:34 PM

Hello Farrell!
Thank you for your comment!
Now I use this sharpening set for a while and can give a short report. I am fully satisfied with it. Sharpening became more comfortable. Surprisingly it turned out that wedges do not need. Wet stones stick to the board and do not move. One forward stopper is enough to hold stones. So I do not use wedges now. Unfortunately I do not know how to make video. But you can watch this one
where japanese guy shows how to sharpen traditional Japanese knives. I think this video will clarify your questions. My build was inspired by this video.
Regarding keeping things clean you just rinse from time to time stones and working surface with water by your palm. Excess of water and a mess go to the sink.

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