Sharpening Station on a Slideout Desk

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Project by swirt posted 07-20-2010 09:44 PM 3571 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this cabinet in my basement that I never realized had a slide-out desk. I also had a desire to have a dedicated sharpening station that was not the usual horizontal surface that would collect sawdust and anything else I was too preoccupied to put away. (Horizontal surfaces draw me to put stuff on them … My wife says it’s a sickness.)

I knew I needed a sharpening bench / station, but was too afraid I’d clutter it up and it would become less useful. A month or so ago I noticed that the shelf on my tool cabinet actually slides out to become a desk. I felt like running through the workshop yelling ”Eureka!”, but I have a strict rule about no running in the workshop. ;)

So I built this sharpening board to sit on the desk. I can slide it out and sit when I need to sharpen, then slide it back in and close the cabinet when I get back to work. No sawdust on my sharpening plates. No temptation to put other stuff on the horizontal surface.

The long wood stop on the right slides and acts as a wedge to hold the various sharpening plates in place. I use sandpaper on glass, but it could also hold just about any other stone too. The hacksaw blade on the left is a jig to cut the sandpaper to the width of the glass plates I use.

The stops along the right side are a quick and repeatable way to set chisels or plane irons in my roller jig. I got this idea from last Month’s Fine Woodworking.

Here are additional details on my cabinet sharpening station.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 07-20-2010 10:00 PM

Great idea

Thanks for sharing


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#2 posted 07-20-2010 10:01 PM

that turned out quite well and so versatile. Now all it needs is a coffee cup on it, a few tools, and some drawings, some pencils, a stapler,......Ha Ha. My sickness is opening mouth before thinking….

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#3 posted 07-20-2010 10:08 PM

Cool idea. I really need to setup an area like that.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 07-20-2010 10:30 PM

Really like that cabinet..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#5 posted 07-20-2010 11:05 PM

I didn´t know there was made ironcabinets
for woodworkers….....on the other hand the station is for the iron…...LOL
I think this cabinet with such a table build in cuold be used in any
hobbyists workingshop nomatter if shopspace is only the cabinet
or a big place like yours
thank´s for sharing the idea Swirt


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#6 posted 07-21-2010 02:23 AM

Great find and your story telling made me laugh several times : )
I also suffer from the same horizontal surface affliction !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 07-21-2010 05:03 AM

Dennis thanks for making me laugh. I think you are the only person who has ever said my workshop was a “big place”. I guess it is all relative and I should be thankful for what I have … or maybe I should just put in a request now for different relatives. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 07-21-2010 05:09 AM

What a cool idea!

I use wet stones so it might get a little messy for me, but I like the idea.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#9 posted 09-02-2010 10:00 PM

This is just so organized! I’m getting way too many shop improvement ideas on this site! If I have to implement them all, I’ll never get the bills paid. Ah, well, on the list it goes…..Maybe I should try this sandpaper business after all….have been on oilstones all my life.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#10 posted 09-03-2010 07:20 AM

Into every shop, a little organization must fall. If you’ve got good oils stones, keep them for the final passes, just use the sandpaper for the grunt work. That’s my 2 cents anyway.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 02-06-2011 03:13 PM

very kool slideout drawer for the sharpening station. great idea

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

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