Get Serious About Getting Sharp
Make it quick and convenient and you won't hesitate
Synopsis: Matt Kenney designed a dedicated bench that makes sharpening edge tools a permanent part of his workshop. It includes an area for flattening the backs of plane blades and chisels, grinding primary bevels, and honing secondary bevels. It also includes a wet station for flattening waterstones. The mobile cabinet lets him move quickly through all the steps needed, and now there’s no excuse for him not to have sharp tools every time he works.
From Fine Woodworking #223
I have used hand tools for as long as I’ve made furniture, and I quickly learned the importance of keeping them sharp—nothing is more frustrating and unproductive than a dull tool. But I faced a major difficulty because I lacked a convenient space for sharpening.
I dreaded the hassle of gathering my sharpening gear, heading into the house—so I could be near the sink— and setting up the kitchen…