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I decided I needed a better way to sharpen plane irons and chisels. It also had to sharpen all the knives and tools from the saddle shop. I decided to give the Work Sharp a go. When it got here from Rockler, I immediately knew it had to have a better support than sitting on the bench. I sharpened enough with it to decide I wanted to keep it and then designed this station to support it and all it's do-dads and thing-a-majigs. I like to clamp things like this in a bench vise. There is an outlet near and the light is excellent.Of course when I took these photos I was at the new brench and I don't have a light there yet. To make the clamp board on the bottom, I just glued and screwed a piece of 1X? to it so it would go into the vise. The station is made of plywood, what ever was handy. I did put a place for a can of water in the corner because I like to be careful with my irons. There is enough spaces to keep all the glass plates at the ready and the box will keep any hot iron corraled. It also is handy for my sandpaper cleaner. When not in use it is on a shelf on the wall.

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Nice setup, Tom. For somebody like you that uses your planes so much, I'm sure this will be a great solution and time saver for you.
 

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That's pretty slick!

I just have my Tormek sitting on the end of a bench.

I will need to do something about that.

Gary
 

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My, my, my. I was thinking about building at least a storage solution for the glass plates and abrasives. Your timing is impeccable.

Have you ever tried the see through wheel and sharpening from the underside?
 

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Tom, I'd love to read a review on this unit from you. I was within an inch of buying one this weekend at our local tool show. I decided against it in favor better of bettering my skills with traditional methods first. All told, I could have gotten out for about the same price after buying the supplies I opted to get (stones, etc.).

Wayne, I know you and Tom (mot) were going back and forth discussing the WorkSharp vs. the Veritas. Did you do an actual writeup that I missed. Thanks in advance for any input you guys provide.
 

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Wayne, I haven't tried the see-through yet. I just do things on the top like I always have. You're free-handing anyway so why not on top.

Jeff, I'll get some thing put together for a blog. It sharpens things.
 

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Was responding while Tom A posted. Tom (Mot) did a review of the Veritas Sharpening system. It was the leader in the Fine Woodworking Tool guide that just came out, but costs about $200 more than the worksharp. I would love to hear your opinion on the Worksharp Tom A.
 

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Looks like a good place to keep the whatcha callits and so forth to keep the thingy's around the shop sharp.
 

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Buckskin - I like your terminology. Nothing like the right nomenclature. :)

Gary
 

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That looks like a great setup, Tom. I really need to get me one of those, but I'm still trying to figure out how to make sharpening the tools as much fun as using them.
 

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Very Nice. I need to house mine somehow. It is just on the floor getting dusty right now. Hmmm/
 

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Wait a minute, your supposed to sharpen these tools?

I use a tormek, water stones, diamond paste on MDF, and a poplar block turning on the lathe, treated with jewelers rouge. Or the scary sharp system.

I use the feel method to determine which method I'll use for what tool.

It all depends on what I feel like.

I really don't have a favorite way of doing it, and do like having a choice.

Lee
 

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Nice setup Thos. it'll make a big difference having it right by your work station. All you gotta do is turn around give your knife a quick touch up. Cool, mike
 

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Yeah, Lee,
I've got diamond stone, Arkansas. a hard wheel on a grinder with green paste. jeweler's rouge on my strop and this thing. I've even got a scythe stone somewhere. I've probably still got my sharpener to do mower knives. And the danged stuff is still always dull! Dang!! ain't this fun?
 

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Now Gary, you be nice to Buck. He's that-a-way because of the hat , just like me.
 

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Tom I thought it was because of those Rocky Mountain winters, not the hat. Laughing.
 

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You're probably here because of one of those long Rocky Mountain winters. LOL I've got two kids named Blizzard and Snowstorm.
Tom
 

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LOL and in truth, my first name is Forrest. Probably named that way for similar reasons. At least that is what my dad claimed.
 

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It's sure a coincidence. I turned on my TV early yesterday morning, & they were running a sales pitch for work sharp. It looks like a great tool. I'll have to put it on my list.
A neat set up you have there.
 
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