Old-school sharpening station

There seems to be no end to the sharpening discussion in the woodworking community. I guess people just have a bit too much time and money on their hands these days, and some decide they need that dovetailed maple and cherry sharpening station in their lives. Me? I find myself more impressed with the guy who built this into his old bench. Need a sharpen? Pull it out. Sharpen. Get back to work. End of.

3 replies on “Old-school sharpening station”

Thank you for posting this find. It’s always enlightening to see how the old timers solved problems. The third photo from the top shows the two locking mechanisms. Do you have any idea what these mechanisms are called?
Thanks again,

None of us needs better than a genuine washita stone. I have gone for long stretches of work, using primarily hand tools for roughing and finish work, and I’ve never found a piece of wood that can be planed that *can’t* be planed by the washita stone but can be planed by something else. Same with paring. I can get more of a greasy feeling by going above and beyond that, but I can’t say the end product looks much different or comes any faster.

I’d add a carborundum stone to that for a full stop setup, though. Total cost here in the states would be about $75. The washita is a multi lifetime stone, the carborundum not so much, but they are $20.

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