Sharpening Stones Case with Wooden Latches

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Project by yuridichesky posted 11-06-2015 11:59 AM 11632 views 30 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Long time ago in the galaxy far far away…

Well, it’s good to be back to woodworking.

No need to repeat importance of sharpening. The easier access to your sharpening stuff, the more often you hit your cutting edges on the stones, the better from any point of view.

In my case of very limited shop space (ie no dedicated place for sharpening) it all means I have to be able to bring my sharpening stones on the benchtop in a matter of few seconds and then store them back same quick. Not that easy task to do if you think about it.

My current stones set is DMT coarse stone, DMT fine stone, DMT extra fine stone, and some unknown stone I purchased on the flea market that I think about 6000 to 8000 grit ceramic plate.

The idea of the project is to have all my sharpening stones in some case that I can keep somewhere under the bench or drop on the shelf as close as possible for easy access, the case that protects my stones while not in use, the case that I can quickly open and close but won’t open by itself accidentally.

So I decided to make a case lid be locked with spring-loaded latches so that I have to press the latch with my finger in order to open the case. And make those latches stay flush with the case so that I could only open it by purpose but not due some inaccurate move.

I started with making a prototype of the latch with some softwood:

As usual prototyping allowed me to identify some corner cases I should be aware of.

I had some off-cuts of the beech around so the latches were made out of beech:

The tricky part of the project was brackets that would keep the lid closed. Their shape is pretty odd, so I decided to make them out of brass for extra durability:

The case itself is a pine panel with spacers to hold the stones. The lid is pretty simple too though dovetails make it look a little bit nicer to my taste:

Anyway here’s whole thing before and after assembly:

Closer look at the latch:

Final touch: rubber pads glued on the bottom provide lots of friction and keep case dead still without any clamping:

The case is now stored under the bench, and it takes about 5 seconds between the moment when I decide I need to sharpen some edge and the moment when I have that edge on the stone:

Here’s the picture to show scale of the project (the 12” combination square on the case):

I have to say I’m pretty happy with results, the stones are kept safe, in less than an arm distance from where I work, and it’s really matter of few seconds to start using them.

Thank you for looking!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#1 posted 11-06-2015 12:28 PM

Good way to store your sharpening stones. I love the hand made latch.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 11-06-2015 12:45 PM

As always, great work Yuri. Welcome back.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 11-06-2015 12:53 PM

It’s good to have you back. You build the most amazing things and are an inspiration. Cheers.

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#4 posted 11-06-2015 01:29 PM

Well done! I need to do the same and continue to put it off.

-- A woodsman was once asked, “What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?” He answered, “I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.”

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#5 posted 11-06-2015 01:31 PM

Great project, Yuri. You are a man after my own heart. I love your latch and your brass brackets!!!!!!!!

I just plain love organizational projects because they keep thing in their places where you know they will be when you need them.

Nice going and thanks for sharing with us fellow LJ’s

cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 11-06-2015 01:45 PM

You are a clever man my friend. Great work! Glad to see you back in action.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#7 posted 11-06-2015 01:49 PM

Yuri, I love the catch you made very well thought out and executed. Great job on the whole project.

-- Jim, Mid coast, Maine home of the chain leg vise

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#8 posted 11-06-2015 02:53 PM

Excellent, the catch is really cool.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 11-06-2015 03:32 PM

A really neat solution and the latch is a very smart way to keep it all closed up.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#10 posted 11-06-2015 03:41 PM

What a treasure. Very nice. I really like the catch.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#11 posted 11-06-2015 03:53 PM

I really like this. Great design and finished piece. Thanks for sharing the details.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#12 posted 11-06-2015 04:25 PM

Excellent engineering and workmanship! Bravo!!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#13 posted 11-06-2015 05:09 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention
But everybody can not be an inventor like you
Really neat piece

-- shuja

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#14 posted 11-06-2015 05:10 PM

You always do such great work Yuri! This looks really great, and I quite like the idea. Nice work

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#15 posted 11-06-2015 05:22 PM

What do you use for lubricating the stones in use? I made a similar box, but it eventually got ruined by sharpening swarf.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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