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A Dedicated Sharpening Bench


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A Cabinetmaker's Toolchest by Daniel McKenzie

Daniel, a reader out in California, posted these two pics on his Twitter account this week and I thought I’d share them here. He did a fantastic job on both the sharpening bench and tool chest. You’ll find the tool chest project in my first…


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The Truth about Honing Guides

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Honing guides. Yes, it’s OK to use them and no, they aren’t considered cheating. If someone tells you they are, don’t listen to them and consider un-following them on Twitter. Honing guides are dependable. Honing guides make sharpening easy and repeatable. Some people prefer not…


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A Sharpening Bench

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I received a letter from a reader in the Knoxville area and wanted to share. Brent has built a great version of my sharpening bench with some added storage below. Nice job Brent, and thanks again for sharing. If you’d like to build your own…


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How sharp…

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During my classes over the last couple of months, I repeatedly get asked questions like; “How sharp is it?” or, ” How sharp does it have to be?“- “Are these stones really worth the extra price?” or ” What stones are best for the sharpest…


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In Stages

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Tom.

I was wondering what sharpening kit you use? I have the shapton glass-ceramic stones and although I love them I have gone through two of the 1000 grit stones in the last few years. Do you use or know anyone that use the professional shaptons?


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Another Sharpening Bench

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Hey everyone, sorry the posts have been a little sparse these days but I’m plugging away at my projects and haven’t found too much time for writing. I just received an email from Macel in Denmark;  he’s in the process of building his own version…


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Dovetailing with Sketch-Up

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David Richards has a new post over at www.finewoodworking.com about drawing dovetails using a new plug in for Sketch-up. Sitting here sipping my morning coffee and wondering what the hell happened to…


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A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 8

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In my last post I finished gluing the bench together so now I’m ready for the drawers and the details. I should apologise for taking so long to post this last article but was waiting for one final element to arrive through the mail to…


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A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 7

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In the last post I finished off the cut out for the granite plate insert and I’m ready to start the glue-up. One last detail I took care of before beginning to glue the frame was to plane some rabbets into the lower cross stretchers….


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A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 6

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With the frame assembly dry fit and the bench surface placed into the leg joinery, I carefully place the granite insert on top to establish its permanent location. My initial thoughts were to install it off to one side but after laying it on the…


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A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 5

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In my last post I finished the leg to bench surface joinery and can now get into the rest of the mortise and tenon joinery to complete the frame work. As mentioned, the stock is 1 1/2″ square so I’m making 1/2″ tenons and mortises….


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A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 4

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I mentioned in the first post that I’m using some ‘off the shelf’ hardwood for the bench frame; this was great for my budget but not ideal for my hand tools. Because it was ‘dimensioned’ at the mill (and I use that term very loosely)…


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A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 3

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With the bench top work surface squared on six sides I’ll measure and lay out the rabbets for the bread board ends. Deep scribe lines will help eliminate cross grain tearing and when I clamp the piece into my shoulder vise I’ll again add my…


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A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 2

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Working off of my sketches and existing examples of trusted, work bench construction methods, I come up with a plan and begin adding up the numbers. This is generally how I approach a new design, from the sketch I mock up some shapes and sizes…


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A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 1

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“The best hand tools in the world are worthless in the hands of the woodworker who cannot sharpen them.” DOWNLOAD FREE PLAN After reading and experimenting with, practicing and then studying the different techniques of sharpening I’ve come to settle on a system that is…


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