Stow-and-Go Sharpening box with up-cycled porch boards

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Project by DouginVa posted 05-24-2020 08:28 PM 809 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another project from up-cycled southern yellow pine salvaged from my front porch. My version of Bob Van Dyke’s “Stow-and-Go” Sharpening Box that was featured in FWW’s #254 (June 2016). The lid/planing surface is also a piece of up-cycled material pulled from the dumpster of a California Closets location near me, that has since gone belly up. I have two sets of projection stops, one set at 25, 30, & 35 degrees for my plane irons. Another set for my bench chisels and mortise chisels. While both are honed at 30 degrees, the stops are at different distances to account for blade thickness in my Veritas honing guide.

I use 3 grits of water stones, 1200, 4000, & 8000 as well as a diamond plate for rough and fine work, a flattening stone, and a few diamond plates for router bits, etc. Also a jig used for sharpening and honing jointer and planer knives, Quick Hone….which I love. All stored in nice little sectioned off compartments inside the base. Dividers are press fit (no glue or fasteners).

But, can you tell where I screwed up? Look at the pic of the side of the tray. The way it was supposed to be made is that lip of the lid was supposed to come down over top of and on the outside of the bottom’s lip. I screwed up with my layout when cutting the blank but didn’t catch my mistake till afterward. Either way, it’s a nice tight fit. Too tight actually I think I’m going to have to add some handles to the side of the lid to aid in freeing it from the bottom.

At least it’ll make sharpening a little more enjoyable knowing that everything can go right back in to the box when I’m done and no more making multiple trips carrying each component of my system back to it’s storage location.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#1 posted 05-24-2020 09:49 PM

This will indeed help you stay both sharp and organized.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 05-25-2020 02:39 AM

Well done again, Doug! Beats the heck out of my boot tray sharpening station.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 05-25-2020 07:23 AM

Nicely done. I must do something similar. My stuff is all over the place.

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