Now, when I want to sharpen my plane irons, or chisels, I lay out a small tarp on my workbench, or router table wing on my SawStop, and then lay out my stones etc, it works fine, but it seems I always have stuff on the go, and clearing the space to do this is a pain, so often I end up using a tool with a dull edge, this is a bad habit. As you may be aware, my workshop is not exactly large, so space is a premium.
I have this cabinet that I kind of rescued from my old stand alone router table, the drawers are full of all things router related and the one tall thing pull out is for table-saw blades and accessories. The flat top area I use mainly for putting my small stove on for making coffee.
This spot would be good for a sharpening station, but it was a little low, and a guy needs coffe too!
I built a simple box that goes on top of the cabinet, to bring it up to the right height, and to give me a place to store all my sharpening stuff when not in use.
A top that has cleats on both sides......
So I can purpose one side for sharpening and the other for general use.
here is how I'm using it right now, I'll be adding more purpose built jigs and holders to it, but it works well at the moment, the green box beside it is my stone pond that I fill with water and soak my stones in. I'm really pleased with how this worked out, anything to make the task of sharpening easier is always welcome!