Sharpening workshop tools is probably one of the least understood workshop process
which is unfortunate as working with blunt cutters diminishes the satisfaction gained
from most workshop activities. This, mainly due to the lack of any sharpening equipment,
beyond that of an off hand grinder, their cost, and no doubt, space for, being reasons
for the absence.
To overcome this hurdle I have developed two grinding rests that, with accessories,
are capable of carrying out most tasks that a tool and cutter grinder will, and with
This page illustrates the more advanced rest, for which, the design drawings, together
with the method of making it, can be found in my book “Milling a Complete Course”
in the Workshop Practice series. However, the contents of this book are now also
being published by Fox Chapel Publishing in the United States with the title “Milling
for Home Machinists” For details of both click on the books front cover, right.
The viewer considering making the rest should also look at my page detailing a method
of mounting the rests that makes it somewhat easier to use. I have though, with experience
of its use, made three simple modifications which are worth considering. They can
be very easily incorporated into an existing rest or a new build. Details can be
See my page for details of the simpler rest ,and using either.
Also links to videos showing them being used for a range of sharpening tasks.
Unfortunately, due to the book’s size, the assembly drawing is small making the finer
detail difficult to see. I have therefore produced a pdf of the upper portion being
the part with the most of the fine detail.