Stow-and-Go Sharpening Box
Simple project works as a sharpening station and storage box
Synopsis: This mitered sharpening box has dividers for storing all your sharpening gear in dedicated spaces, and a laminated lid with cleats to hold sharpening stones and set up honing guides perfectly each time. Bob Van Dyke customized his box for the tools he uses regularly, and you can do the same for your own. Not sure what sharpening equipment you need? Also included is a basic sharpening kit that Van Dyke recommends to his woodworking students.
A few years ago while giving a sharpening demonstration, I realized how disorganized my sharpening equipment was: stones, honing guides and their projection jigs, and water sprayer in different corners of the shop. Getting it all in one place took forever. My solution was to build this box to keep it all together and give me a solid surface for sharpening. The simple splined and mitered case has a laminated top with cleats for stones and a projection jig for setting honing guides. Inside, a removable divider system keeps tools organized while remaining adaptable should your kit change.
Make the box The unique feature of this case is how I cut grooves into the inside and outside faces of the sides to form a lip for the top to register on. It is easier and more precise to cut these grooves, as well as the ones for the top and bottom panels, and surface the stock before cutting any miters. I use a box-joint blade for the grooves because it leaves a perfectly flat bottom, but a good-quality dado blade would work as well. Start by ripping the offset grooves into the inside and outside faces. Mark the location of the inside groove on the outside face for reference. Once it’s glued up, those marks will help locate the cut to split the…