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Watch Woodworker Create Homemade Knife Sharpener

Sharpening is a necessary evil when you own knives. While it can be complicated to start with, it doesn’t need to be with a little practice.

But, if you’re good with your hands, you can make your life easier by making your own knife sharpener with a few simple items.

That’s what carpenter John Heisz of I Build It did on his YouTube channel.

By using an old oil stone and some plywood, he was able to craft a homemade knife sharpener that you pull through interlocking teeth.

This may not make the best or most practical knife sharpener in the world, but I always enjoy seeing people use ingenuity to create their own take on knife-related gear — whether it’s turning old wrenches into functional knives or forging knives with primitive tools.

Here’s the video. I recommend giving him a subscribe for other cool projects:

There’s also an accompanying article going into more detail of how to make it if you happen to be the handy type.


  1. It was a nice Bowl. I’ve always wanted to bow hunt hope I can win it

  2. The process typically begins with selecting the right type of wood for the project. Hardwoods like maple, cherry, or walnut are popular choices due to their durability and attractive grain patterns. Once the wood is chosen, it’s meticulously shaped and smoothed to create the body of the sharpener, taking care to achieve the perfect balance of form and function.

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