Sharpening Station

Yep, I’ve been gone for about 1 month. I was working hard on a big post about… something which I’ll write about later. In the meantime, since I do not have running water in the shop I made a little wall-hanging sharpening station. It’s already quite dirty from use, and it works fantastic!

The whole thing is made of white pine 2”x4”, 18mm birch plywood and the following parts:

How you build the basin and cabinet is up to you. I have it finished in 5 coats of water-based polyurethane, waxed then sealed with 100% silicone sealant. The basin is totally water tight.

How it works is simple. The pump pumps water from a bucket up to some vinyl pipe that’s hidden in a channel behind the cabinet. The basin has vinyl tubing going back to the bucket. The pump is placed on the side of the bucket to minimize sediment pickup, and I will be adding a filter for the drain hose.

I used a footswitch (barely seen in the lower right) to activate the pump, and there’s LED strip lighting (I pulled a piece so you can see it) under the shelf for lighting.

If someone needs the plans, I can put it together in sketchup. I do think that if you’re capable of building it, you should be capable of designing something that works for your situation though!

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