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.
I don't think you guys need to see pics of a slack belt sander.
Not exactly the height of opulence, I sharpen in my dining room
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!
Here is a crappy pic of my station -->
nice and comfortabe place, if you r righthanded =)