Work Sharp Station

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Project by HokieKen posted 09-10-2018 06:36 PM 1477 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to make one of these to organize all of my Work Sharp stuff for a while. Just recently got around to it.

There are many examples of this kind of station but I think most of them are based off Stumpy Nub's version. So thanks for inspiring me and all of my inspirations Stumpy!!

My station started out to be simply utilitarian. Made from 3/4” and 1/2” plywood scraps. But, when it came time to make the door and the drawer fronts, I wanted to used some woods that had been gifted to me from fellow Lumberjocks Kelleyscrafts and doubleG469. Thanks for the Eucaplyptus Dave and the spalted Hackberry Gary!

The slides that house the glass platens are made from 2 pieces of 1/8” hardboard. I cut the profile for the platen out of one piece then glued 2 pieces together with the bottom piece oversized to slide in the kerfs cut in the sides of the housing. The drawers are box-jointed and I cut some HDPE to use for runners. The runners are screwed into dadoes in the sides of the drawers and ride in dadoes in the sides of the housing. The drawers hold extra abrasives, attachments and various jigs I use for sharpening.

The compartment beside the glass platens holds my belt sharpening attachment. It’s awkward to use this attachment to sharpen knives, scissors, etc. when the Work Sharp is sitting upright so I hinged the plate the Work Sharp is mounted on. This way when I’m using the belt sharpener, it’s much more convenient to access as seen in the last pic.

Thanks for looking and questions and comments are welcome as always!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#1 posted 09-10-2018 07:03 PM

Way too fancy…now I have to try and beat it for my setup cause I’m horrible that way. Seriously man, excellent work. The wood on the doors and drawers looks great, the thing overall looks super handy and nice. I definitely need to build one of thes

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#2 posted 09-10-2018 08:03 PM

Nice job getting yourself all organizized, Kenny! And pretty, too!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 09-10-2018 08:31 PM

Nicely done!

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#4 posted 09-10-2018 08:41 PM

looks good. i can send you some turning tools and a couple plane irons if you want to try it out. ;)

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#5 posted 09-10-2018 10:03 PM

Without a doubt the snazziest organizer/work table for a WS 3000 I’ve yet to see. I like the detentes for the glass plates, thats smart.

Nice work, thanks for posting, and congrats on your 3. Stumpy would be proud of you.

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#6 posted 09-10-2018 10:32 PM

Ken, that looks like a really handy set up. Nice job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 09-10-2018 10:36 PM

This is really cool!
I have got to get off my rear end and build one of these for my WS.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#8 posted 09-10-2018 10:57 PM

Nice job Kenny! Good thinking on the knife sharpener.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#9 posted 09-10-2018 11:00 PM

looks to me like it should work out very well …. and its very pretty … GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#10 posted 09-11-2018 01:16 AM

Oof Very nice :)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 09-11-2018 02:19 AM

Thanks fellas! So far it’s working out quite well for me :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#12 posted 09-11-2018 03:24 AM

Man – you nailed it with this one! Awesome!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 09-11-2018 11:24 AM

Nice job of adding a bit of style to a simple work station. I also like the idea of using HDPE for drawer slides. That is my standard approach on most drawers. To hide the white (for non-shop projects), I generally attach the HDPE to the inside of the box and make the slot in the drawer.

Guess it’s time for me to get the WorkSharp out of it’s box and make a proper home for it. I just need to dig out some cool wood scraps.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#14 posted 09-11-2018 03:54 PM

Thanks Steve!

Earl – putting the HDPE inside the carcase was the plan. Then I forgot to drill the holes for screws… so they’re on the drawers instead ;-) I wasn’t gonna make it so pretty but my WorkSharp was complaining about how nice all my mallets are so I had to give it a little flair ;-P

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#15 posted 09-11-2018 04:09 PM

Kenny – now MY Work Sharp wants to come out of the box with some flair after seeing how fancy yours looks.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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