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Jmadams13
01-08-2013, 01:08 AM
I'm tiered of my set up, not my stones, just how I set them up for sharpening sessions. So I'm looking for ideas. I sharpen at home, in the kitchen (small apartment.) I'm a visual learner, so a picture speaks loudest to me. So lets see 'em guys

Joe

WiscoNole
01-08-2013, 01:17 AM
some stones not pictured

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/whatsamcgee/20121114_020816_zps4e4cf1a6.jpg

eto
01-08-2013, 01:31 AM
Whipped up this set up the other day.

Cost nothing, so a great economical choice. Used what I found.

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh513/Jasoneto/photo_zpsae1a3467.jpg

mr drinky
01-08-2013, 01:49 AM
This is mine (during the summer). The stones are now soaking in my basement, and I just ordered some hotel pans and Jon's stone bridge. I am trying to come up with a better winter set-up.

k.

kalaeb
01-08-2013, 01:54 AM
Dang, thats intense. I just use the kitchen sink.

K-Fed
01-08-2013, 01:58 AM
Dang, thats intense. I just use the kitchen sink.
+1 and a suehiro stone holder. The stones that I use the most stay piled up on the kitchen counter.

mr drinky
01-08-2013, 02:02 AM
I just use the kitchen sink.

The wife hates me getting that stone residue everywhere. It is my concession to her, and in return she ignores what I buy.

k.

mc2442
01-08-2013, 02:13 AM
The fatigue mat definitely lends a lot of thought into the station.

turbochef422
01-08-2013, 01:22 PM
I put this together last night I wanted to try something new.
Cost $7 total
12564

EdipisReks
01-08-2013, 01:57 PM
my stone station is a silpat on top of one of my cutting boards. i usually just use a chunk i cut out of a thick outdoor rubber stair tread, instead of a stone holder. the sink next to the cutting board is adequate most of the time, as only three of my stones stay soaked (and they live under my kitchen island). i do stand on an anti-fatigue mat, though.

jackslimpson
01-08-2013, 02:35 PM
http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo130/moegreen_photos/Yanagibasharpening_zpsb9d084c0.jpg

I made a simple sink bringe out of scrap lumber from my garage. I'ts strong and stable. I've got good light above, another sink to the right, a drying matt and towels to the left. Not pictured is a spray bottle with water, and other stones that may be soaking nearby. Pictured is a Yoshihiro yanagiba, 270mm, and a Bester 1200. As much as I love my JNats, I'm increasingly amazed with the edges I can get from this one Bester, and my Arashiyama 6000.

Cheers,

Jack

SpikeC
01-08-2013, 03:11 PM
I worry about using the sink as stone residue could accumulate in the drain. Before my kitchen was redone the drain was easily clogged and was a b!tch to clear, so I am a bit gunshy about that.

Lucretia
01-08-2013, 03:30 PM
I have a glass-topped coffee table, and if I'm watching tv, I throw a towel on top of the table, slap down a stone, sit on the floor, and have at it. The stones live in a plastic bin of water that sits next to me and I can dip out of it as needed to wet the stone.

Jmadams13
01-08-2013, 03:48 PM
I put this together last night I wanted to try something new.
Cost $7 total
12564

Kinda what I was thinking about. I just can't see myself paying for a sink bridge when I could make one. Now it's a towel on the edge of a cuttin board for clearance, with a bath towel under that to catch all the water. Still messy as hell tho.

mainaman
01-08-2013, 04:42 PM
http://i49.tinypic.com/6prvk9.jpg

Patatas Bravas
01-08-2013, 05:16 PM
Haha I notice this stone more than the sharpening set up. Very nice. Mainaman, which stone is this one?

mainaman
01-08-2013, 05:27 PM
Haha I notice this stone more than the sharpening set up. Very nice. Mainaman, which stone is this one?
Ohira suita
I found a better pic of the set up, it is simple set up and works great for me

http://i47.tinypic.com/e0hmpj.jpg

Cadillac J
01-08-2013, 10:04 PM
Mine is permanently setup around the sink in my laundry room. This is the cleanest it has been in a while...normally the whole counter, walls and washer are covered with slurry.

http://i47.tinypic.com/vmsiz5.jpg

Dave Martell
01-08-2013, 10:26 PM
There's some nice setups here. :doublethumbsup:

Dave Martell
01-08-2013, 10:27 PM
I worry about using the sink as stone residue could accumulate in the drain. Before my kitchen was redone the drain was easily clogged and was a b!tch to clear, so I am a bit gunshy about that.


Take it from me - stone sludge can and will clog up drains. :D

azchef
01-08-2013, 10:30 PM
Whipped up this set up the other day.

Cost nothing, so a great economical choice. Used what I found.

http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh513/Jasoneto/photo_zpsae1a3467.jpg

Hey could you give me a run down of your set up? I really like the towel.

John

Zwiefel
01-08-2013, 10:34 PM
Take it from me - stone sludge can and will clog up drains. :D


It will also scratch porcelain sinks if you don't rinse thoroughly before putting dishes back in. :curse:

Blobby
01-08-2013, 10:48 PM
Take it from me - stone sludge can and will clog up drains. :D

I have no doubt. It's got the consistency of cement dust. Use lots of water to flush it down is the answer I guess.

eto
01-09-2013, 12:38 AM
Hey could you give me a run down of your set up? I really like the towel.

John

I got the blue bin from the dominos pizza place on my block. Cost 9 bucks but the manager I know there gave it to me for free. sometimes it pays to eat **** food.

Found a piece of wood which I cut two pieces, one smaller which I cut to fit tightly in the bin. The larger piece I cut just enough to hang over the lip of the bin. Nailed them both together.

Friend of mine gave me two bottles of beer from Okinawa as a token for sharpening there knives which came in the cloth that I now use on my base.

454Casull
01-09-2013, 12:43 AM
I don't think you guys need to see pics of a slack belt sander.

Blobby
01-09-2013, 05:38 AM
pffff

stevenStefano
01-09-2013, 03:20 PM
Not exactly the height of opulence, I sharpen in my dining room

Lefty
01-10-2013, 02:09 PM
I need to get more committed. Mine is either the countertop, with a 2x4 and one of those mats servers put on their trays wrapped around it. Underneath I put a damp towel and on top, whichever stone I'm using. I soak the stones in a Rubbermaid container.... But my shop is pretty cool!

Lars
01-19-2013, 09:25 AM
Here is a crappy pic of my station -->

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a253/slapback/image_zps804d14eb.jpg

gentlecook
01-19-2013, 10:32 AM
nice and comfortabe place, if you r righthanded =)

Twistington
01-19-2013, 11:07 AM
Something like this.

http://imageshack.us/a/img202/3616/photodec18133904.jpg

Salty dog
01-19-2013, 11:09 AM
A little dated but........................

http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a442/Saltys_knives/003.jpg

stevenStefano
01-19-2013, 11:53 AM
Did you sharpen all those at once Salty? No way I could do that, I get kinda fed up just doing 4

turbochef422
01-19-2013, 03:02 PM
I can only don2 at a time otherwise I get sloppy.

Salty dog
01-19-2013, 05:23 PM
I have sessions with mutiple knives. I find with each knife I'm a little more in the groove. But I'm a 5-6 minute guy. (Pun intended)

kalaeb
01-19-2013, 05:42 PM
My set up at work also consists of a 6 inch 1/3 pan, although I don't have one of those rocking covenant stones.

Zwiefel
01-19-2013, 05:47 PM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8396533372_6dc4bf3c0f.jpg

Here's mine...pretty basic I'm afraid...also my primary prep area when cooking.

Salty dog
01-19-2013, 06:15 PM
My thought is basic is good.

cwrightthruya
01-20-2013, 08:39 PM
My wife quickly tired of me sharpening on our white kitchen counter :nono:. So, for $15 and about 2 hours of work I made this. It works decently and is lacquered so I can just wipe it dry.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-knQPynLUBcg/UPyNEng_-AI/AAAAAAAAAN4/ovZTyeMfWnw/s1188/Sharpening+station.jpg

Johnny.B.Good
01-20-2013, 08:43 PM
Something like this.

http://imageshack.us/a/img202/3616/photodec18133904.jpg

I like this.

Blobby
01-20-2013, 08:51 PM
My wife quickly tired of me sharpening on our white kitchen counter :nono:. So, for $15 and about 2 hours of work I made this. It works decently and is lacquered so I can just wipe it dry.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-knQPynLUBcg/UPyNEng_-AI/AAAAAAAAAN4/ovZTyeMfWnw/s1188/Sharpening+station.jpg

Wow, with a stone that size you need all that timber to span the sink safely! Which stone is that?

cwrightthruya
01-20-2013, 08:54 PM
It's an Atagoyama. It is actually one of my medium sized stones. I have a 9lb Atagoyama as well that dwarfs this one.
I actually snapped my first attempt at a sink bridge with one of my larger stones. That area where I cut out the trench for water is actually quite weak.

JBroida
01-20-2013, 09:51 PM
you might want to switch it so that it tilts down away from you... much easier to sharpen that way

K-Fed
01-23-2013, 02:33 PM
Nothing fancy, but get's the job done
http://i.imgur.com/o5dm0q2.jpg

bieniek
01-24-2013, 01:00 AM
Something like this.

http://imageshack.us/a/img202/3616/photodec18133904.jpg

Dan isnt it amazing ? ;) IKEA producing special sharpening trolleys :wink:

cclin
01-24-2013, 04:00 AM
stainless paint tray work nicely!!
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/20130123_224143.jpg

marc4pt0
02-03-2013, 10:17 AM
I also use that Kramer sink bridge, it's actually a pretty good deal. And works well on the steel counters when the sinks are ocupado.But what I'd like to know, and I can't quite tell from the picture, what are the make of the 2 knives you have working there?


stainless paint tray work nicely!!
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/20130123_224143.jpg

marc4pt0
02-03-2013, 10:21 AM
dig that groovy red chair. that Does scream for a "drink break"


This is mine (during the summer). The stones are now soaking in my basement, and I just ordered some hotel pans and Jon's stone bridge. I am trying to come up with a better winter set-up.

k.

cclin
02-03-2013, 04:27 PM
I also use that Kramer sink bridge, it's actually a pretty good deal. And works well on the steel counters when the sinks are ocupado.But what I'd like to know, and I can't quite tell from the picture, what are the make of the 2 knives you have working there?

Yoshikane SLD Kurouchi Damascus 240 mm Gyuto & Watanabe pro gyuto with Stefan Keller Handle:)

Yoni Lang
02-03-2013, 05:13 PM
I like this.

yup

bieniek
02-06-2013, 03:55 PM
http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b525/bieniekoriginal/102_5596_zps0339e62b.jpg

working on my Shig.

Mike9
02-06-2013, 07:02 PM
Mine is pretty simple - an old dark room tray and some plywood.

http://i1214.photobucket.com/albums/cc489/mikel9nine/stones1_zps435f475d.jpg

Chefdog
02-09-2013, 07:48 PM
Really easy and cheap setup for me. A 1/2 sheet tray, Rubbermaid to hold stones, stone holder, diamond plate, champagne cork, water bottle, and some non-slip mats that double to wrap and protect the stones in the box. New stones and a new knife, so I was playing around a bit today at work.


http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj596/lydonkey/knives/241E1B2E-E6EB-484B-8EF5-2CD4E1B6597B-1349-00000110AE619995.jpg

Beohbe
04-10-2013, 10:58 PM
I use a double bucket with a bridge I made from scrap wood laying around. The bridge just slides over the raised divider in the middle, and can be angled however.

http://i.imgur.com/ejF1Imo.jpg?1

Dave Martell
04-11-2013, 12:18 AM
I use a double bucket with a bridge I made from scrap wood laying around. The bridge just slides over the raised divider in the middle, and can be angled however.

http://i.imgur.com/ejF1Imo.jpg?1


That's a nice set up.

Beohbe
04-11-2013, 01:10 AM
That's a nice set up.

Thanks!
I got the idea from the setups at Korin:
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/images/20091111knifeguy.jpg

I realized that I had a bucket that could replicate the setup, yet be mobile. Works really well.

Double bucket for anyone interested:
http://www.amazon.com/CLEAN-RINSE-DOUBLE-BUCKET-Kitchen/dp/B001AMSQ30

Chef Niloc
04-11-2013, 02:00 AM
That's a nice set up.

Dave have you gotten this sharpening position down yet? And what about the outfit, RaRa was sewing you one, right?

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa214/celtic2174/1cb749e17135e376974bd000c2f57440.jpg


O and BTW did you ever get those Togioke. Polishing bucket made?

pkjames
04-11-2013, 02:18 AM
this is what i made :) not really for my kitchen knives but rather a dedicated place for my tormek T7, which often used to sharpen drill bits, turning tools, etc. and occasionally for repairing chipped knife blade.

This pic of the station is still without any draws, etc.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-UObDzTG_Nxo/UVVTVEvLy_I/AAAAAAAABE0/kCLjexz0iFo/s648/IMG_0317.JPG

this is the completed one
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-QkEq8N3oXs0/UVZPaUQPZ9I/AAAAAAAABGM/tF2JBfcucaM/s648/IMG_0321.JPG

draws are for various jigs, and of course, a set of stones :)

this is the sink bridge i use for knives, assembled using scrap decking timber.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pwHr6IZffWk/UVt_Ufy0lZI/AAAAAAAABGs/IhjNSArTL7M/s655/IMG_0353.JPG

slowtyper
04-11-2013, 02:22 AM
Nice work guys...I just put a stone on a flat stainless work surface...

Chef Niloc
05-20-2013, 03:07 AM
Thanks!
I got the idea from the setups at Korin:

I realized that I had a bucket that could replicate the setup, yet be mobile. Works really well.

Double bucket for anyone interested:
http://www.amazon.com/CLEAN-RINSE-DOUBLE-BUCKET-Kitchen/dp/B001AMSQ30

Thanks for the idea and link, I just made this. Truly a great set up you found.

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa214/celtic2174/26cf2dbda4ac9ab9ead528b3281d8a07.jpg

samuelpeter
05-20-2013, 03:12 AM
I'd bet that is far more functional, and stable, than it looks from here. I like it.

Chef Niloc
05-20-2013, 03:26 AM
I'd bet that is far more functional, and stable, than it looks from here. I like it.

The things solid! Its like The bucket was made to hold a Todai-makura Block.

Sambal
05-27-2013, 11:22 AM
What's the advantage of a sloping-away-from-you platform? Wouldn't a level platform give a more neutral feedback on hand/arm movements? How are the ergonomics of a tilting platform better?

stereo.pete
05-27-2013, 11:38 AM
What's the advantage of a sloping-away-from-you platform? Wouldn't a level platform give a more neutral feedback on hand/arm movements? How are the ergonomics of a tilting platform better?

Ditto on the above questions, I almost feel if the sharpening surface was tilting away from me that it would cause my wrists to lift the blade knife up on the way down almost like a bad stropping motion.

Patatas Bravas
05-27-2013, 01:09 PM
What's the advantage of a sloping-away-from-you platform? Wouldn't a level platform give a more neutral feedback on hand/arm movements? How are the ergonomics of a tilting platform better?

No special reason for this personally. Just feels better. However, I also reason that especially if you're standing and looking down on what you do it's easier to be consistent if the stone has an angle making it slightly more parallel to your line of sight. Easier to keep an eye on the angle this way.

JBroida
05-27-2013, 04:23 PM
i sharpen with the stone on a tilt away from me... it helps out with a few things including water control and ergonomics. Oddly enough it turns out that on a flat plane, your wrists have more of a tendency to turn up as you move away from yourself, so the angle helps a bit with that. Try it one day and see.

labor of love
05-27-2013, 04:31 PM
jon, this tilting the stone away from the sharpener can be achieved with the stone bridge(you carry)/cambro set up correct?

JBroida
05-27-2013, 04:36 PM
thats what i use, but there are many ways to make it happen

GlassEye
05-27-2013, 06:14 PM
I made my own stone holder with an optional tilt, but once I tried the tilt I haven't gone back.

tk59
05-27-2013, 06:26 PM
I use Jon's Suehiro set-up with the tray on a flat countertop. I've tried playing with the different tilts and in the end, I decided it doesn't matter and no tilt is easier to do since I sharpen wherever I happen to be, it's easier to take a stone or plate along and find a flat place to work. Maybe if I was sharpening all day, it would make a difference... :dontknow:

Patatas Bravas
05-28-2013, 02:54 AM
Yes, although I disagree on the water control point, which also makes me think of 'slurry control' too. (All this lingo we come up with here...) The stones tend to dry out at the higher end, obviously, and the slurry collects at the lower so I find I have to even things out, spread some slurry back up, and I add water at the top part as some will run down. This seems less convenient than if the stone were flat, but as I said for me the incline makes the sharpening motions and angle control easier.

panda
05-28-2013, 04:11 AM
love jki's stone bridge thing, it's adjustable and fits perfectly in a hotel pan. interestingly enough, all my metal pans are warped on bottom and dont sit flat where as the plastic ones are nice and flat. i too use it on a tilt. would have been nice if it came with a non slip mat to put over the surface though.

panda
06-12-2013, 02:29 AM
my latest setup:
converted to splash n go from
naniwa 150 - bester 1200 - rika 5000
to
chosera 400 - jns 1000 - jns synthetic aoto
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd212/vlsun/sharpeningstation_zps501f2093.jpg

freaking loving the chosera.

K-Fed
06-12-2013, 11:02 PM
my latest setup:
converted to splash n go from
naniwa 150 - bester 1200 - rika 5000
to
chosera 400 - jns 1000 - jns synthetic aoto
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd212/vlsun/sharpeningstation_zps501f2093.jpg

freaking loving the chosera.

+1 on that chocera. Glad you like it. Pretty sure I may have recommended it. I love the choseras that I've got.

panda
06-13-2013, 01:09 AM
Yeah you lead me to go chosera over gesshin, glad. I love this stone. The jns 1000 is awesome too, not loving the synthetic aoto as much but it gets the job done. jks 3000 feels nicer feedback wise, but the edge is better from the aoto.

Patatas Bravas
06-13-2013, 06:06 AM
I noticed all those 'want to buy ...' stone messages of yours. Were these 3 an upgrade for you, or more just a change? Glad to hear about the Chosera as I plan on replacing my current 400 with a Chosera at some point.

panda
06-13-2013, 09:43 AM
chosera was a huge upgrade, the 1k and aoto were more side steps (funny i got them both from mainaman who has a gazillion natural stones). honestly i think the rika feels best on stones and leaves the best edge, but i am glad i made the moves that i did.

Ruso
07-30-2013, 01:07 AM
This is my ghetto setup that I build based on videos/pics of other users.
It's a plastic paint pan. The holder for the big stones has 2 legs at that bottom that match the pan width (not appreciated in the pic). And the stone is locked with the wedge at the top.
The smaller holder fits perfectly in to the groves somehow and I use for the low height or narrow stones like Naniwa SS in the pic.
Also, with time I added 2 magnets at each side and equipped my handmade strops with 2 metal something at the bottom so it would not glide back and forth on the pan.
So far it has been working :)

http://i.imgur.com/lNOB28Sl.jpg (http://imgur.com/lNOB28S)

http://i.imgur.com/pPLwaJVl.jpg (http://imgur.com/pPLwaJV)

http://i.imgur.com/goQfvn2l.jpg?1 (http://imgur.com/goQfvn2)

http://i.imgur.com/DdWQImTl.jpg (http://imgur.com/DdWQImT)

Asteger
09-21-2013, 01:38 PM
Just found this thread, thought I'd post.

Recently moved most of my stone & mantenance stuff to this cosy top shelf in our living room adjoining the kitchen, too high for my daughter to grab. Never had enough room in the kitchen and so most of the stuff had been in my office. I'd sharpen and thin either at my desk (messy) or over in the kitchen.

Sorry as it's hard to make out details - things are compact - but you get the idea.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3724/9856935804_2bd65bbf29_c.jpg