Originally Posted by Manton
The bird's beak is OK, and the diamond steel is the only thing that works even marginally, but I cannot get it nearly as sharp as I can get my regular knives using the stone.
Not surprising, given the limited grit options with diamond rods. Beyond that point you're looking at (generally speaking) a leather strop with polishing compound.
Originally Posted by philosophe
I like this idea. Any pictures?
I think I posted a few pics of the construction (in progress) a few years back, but wouldn't know where to start to find the pics now. I'll try to snap a few this evening. It's a really bad habit I have with projects, where I take pictures to document what I did, and then lose them.
I made a cedar bench/chest for a cousin's daughter maybe 7-8 years ago based on a pencil sketch, and was really happy at some of the construction ideas that came to me, but damned if I documented any of it. It was really nifty, mortise-and-tenon construction into 3-inch-thick cedar corner posts, floating panels, bottom drawer. I could stand on the lid of the chest, AND in the floating bottom above the drawer. Wonder how it's holding up.