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, its cost no doubt being the reason 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 Simpler of the two which was initially designed to be made
in the workshop possessing just a lathe. Even so, this is capable of results virtually
the equal of those obtained with the advanced rest.
The design drawings for this rest can be found in my book
“Tool and Cutter Sharpening” in the Workshop Practice series.
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.
See my pages for details of the advanced rest and using either . Also links to
videos showing them being used for a range of sharpening tasks.