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Reader Project: Drill Press Sharpening Station

By: Phil Huber
Sometimes the plans are the place to diverge from.

One of the best parts of my job is to see photos and readers messages from readers who complete projects shown in the magazine or from our plans.

Even better is when a woodworker takes the plan, finds inspiration, and then veers off in a different direction. That's what Ron Blais did with the Drill Press Sharpening Station we featured in a recent video.

Drill press reader project

He writes: Not certain who to address this to ... but after observing the DRILL PRESS SHARPENING STATION, I've come up with my own idea I would like to share this with you. As you can see from my photo attachments, I simplified the operation by going direct off the drill chuck.

I completed this over a weekend project and had a trial run by sharpening several shape of tools from my workshop. It works great.

Ax sharpening setup

My project consist of using left over scrap pieces of wood and spending approx $50 for misc hardware, I was able to complete this.

Including Self Adhesive 9" Aluminum Oxide sheets (Amazon), I would say I have a total of $150 consisting of 6 different grits 5/grit allowing for 4 spare sheets of each as left over. As you can see the disk plate consist of 2 grits mounted per each plate with one extra plate.

Discs and Storage

table mounting cleats

Strong work, Ron. Thank you for showing off your project.

Published: May 28, 2020
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