Woodworker's Journal 2004-Winter, страница 32




Woodworker

The Tormek Sharpening System

One of the premier sharpening machines on the market, the Tormek sells for about $400. At that price it may not be for everyone, but its versatility demands a look. Replete with tons of gizmos to put an edge on everything from a curved gouge to a long planer knife, this British import is the real deal. Pair it with a traditional grinder and the only thing you won't be able to sharpen is your wits.

Two auxiliary sharpening aids team up to hone curved gouges, making a difficult task much easier.

Keep the knives of your benchtop planer razor sharp on the water-bathed honing wheel.

together, then glue and screw it in place to complete the footings.

There isn't a lot of finishing to this project. Start by filling any nail holes you missed, then glue hardwood plugs over the tops of all the counterbored screws. Mask the melamine along all the hardwood edges, then clamp a square or a metal ruler along these same edges while you lightly sand the wood. Apply three coats of clear satin varnish to the hardwood, then install the drawers, adding the pulls and knob. If you have a power sharpening system and plan to use a magnifying lamp for better viewing (a good idea, by the way),

Tormek

Sharpening

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bore an access hole through the work top for running the power cords neatly behind the station. Protect the cords from abrasion with a grommet inserted in the access hole (see the illustration on page 31).

Now the fun begins. Start a search through your shop for all your containers of oil and mineral spirits, emery paper, stones and files. You'll probably be as amazed as I was at how much you've accumulated over the years. While you're at it, pick a couple of plane irons and chisels to give your new

sharpening station a christening! A _/

Melamine, for easy cleanup.

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