I was, as usual, watching the sharpening video by Murray Carter. In this video, Carter showed how he did his setup at which he sharpens his knives. And so, I decided to try making my own setup in the garage.
Along one side of our garage, there is a long workbench where I do all my “stuff”. In the corner of the garage, next to the workbench, there is a large sink, which I mainly use for cooling off red-hot metal, cleaning my hands (which I do VERY rarely while I’m in there) and other miscellaneous stuff. Because I needed a water source, I put up my sharpening setup there.
What I did is I took a plank of wood and cut it in two pieces, one of them a little longer than the length of the sink, and the other, I cut to be just barely shorter than the sink’s length, just long enough to fit snugly without moving from side to side inside the sink. Then, I just screwed the two boards together, so that the ends of the larger board protruded a little farther than the ends of the smaller board. Fitting this in the sink, it was a perfect setup; the smaller board, inside the sink, produced enough friction on the edge of the sink to keep it from moving from side to side, and the larger board, the ends resting on top of the sink, kept them both from slipping down.
From there, all I had to do was lay a wet cloth on top of the boards and on top of the cloth, the sharpening stones (the wet cloth keeps the stones from sliding about whilst sharpening). With the faucet right there, it is easy to clean off the knives, wet the cloth or stones, or just clean my hands (something I rarely do whilst working in the garage).
Voila’! Perfect sharpening setup!