MK III Sharpening System
This is my attempt to make a starpening system like the Lee Valley MKII.. I believe this is maybe the best method for sharpening hand tools made today..
I started out with just a few Norton Oil Stones I owned that I used to sharpen my speed skates many moons ago... Since them I now wn many oil stones and a few very fine water stone that I still use for final honing..
I hope to complete the MKIII in a few weeks.. Right now I just use to for flatting backs of blade and chisels and these is no better unit I know to do this.. I give you a break down of the parts I used to build this $60 system..
Parts and Sources
Main part of the sharpener is the platter, I used a Jet 8" Lathe Face Plate $9.99 I just checked and they are out of stock on these so you will have to go with a WoodCraft 8" Sanding Disc $19.99
Next you need a 5/8" Pillow Blocks $7.00 each you need two
I used a GE 1/2 HP 1725 RPM Motor I bought at eBay Electric Motors with corad and switch brand new for $9.99.. I bought this months in a advance cuase it was a bargain I could pass up, you may have to pay more if your in a hurry..
For the shaft I used a piece of 5/8" Drill Rod from ENCO and tapped the end 1/4-20 for a thumb screw.
If you join ENCO's mailing list they will send you a code for free shipping every month for orders over $50, not a bad deal.. And for screwing parts to 3/4" plywood I used this 1/4-20 Threaded Screw Inserts from Highland Hardware..
I also bought a bunch of .060 thich stainless steel sheeting that I will clad the whole usit with and add handles and a tool rest that I may buy for LeeValley and save myself the work of designing it..