Inexpensive Substitute for a Sharpening Sink
Because I don’t have a sink in my shop, I used to use a squirt bottle to wet my waterstones during sharpening, but that was tedious and interrupted the sharpening flow. Now I use a simple drip system pulled together from castoff hardware.
A Tupperware water jug is placed on a shelf above the sharpening station. The water is siphon-fed from the reservoir through 1?4-in. internal diameter drip tubing. I have one 6-ft. hose with a 1-gal.-per-hour drip emitter and another with a 2-gal.-per-hour emitter; each hose has an inline valve. I select which hose to use based on how much water each stone in use needs.
To start the siphon initially, I sucked through the emitter until the water was flowing. To turn the flow on and off, I use the inline valve.
To avoid flooding the shop, I’d definitely not connect this sort of system…