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Misc. Shop Appliances #1: A New Stone Home

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 02-23-2014 07:21 PM 1179 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My #2 son brought a nice sharpening stone home from an auction a couple weeks ago. Two sides, coarse and fine, and both of them are flat which is a nice bonus. Can’t say much for the steel box it came in, though.

I have another (much smaller) stone that has a wooden base I really like, so I decided to copy it using some scraps of mahogany laying around. Several rip cuts on the table saw and I was in business with material. No fancy joinery, just glue. End pieces cut to size, sides clamped in place and glued up.

Three more strips were jointed then glued up to be the inserted bottom of my little stone box. Set aside to cure…

Base piece was marked…

trimmed to fit…

and glued into place.

I then trimmed off the long sides, first with backsaw then via shoot board.

Applying a slight bevel on the back end prevents spelching.

I then beveled the corners and top edges like the other base I have.

Applied oil/beeswax ‘finish’ and it was done. Stone held snug but is removable to flip over when each side is used.

That’s all. As always, thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 07:32 PM

Nice and neat! I wonder if (long term) the oils from the stone will degrade the glue joints?

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#2 posted 02-23-2014 07:37 PM

I wonder that, too. Guess finish nails are the answer when that happens. That, or a new box with dovetail joints…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 02-23-2014 07:58 PM

Nice little box Smitty, gotta think of something to do with the oil stones/strope Rojo sent me.
Like the idea of a more dedicated area/setup for sharpening. Also appreciate the mandatory shooting plane gloat!

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#4 posted 02-23-2014 08:55 PM

ah, the 51 in action. Sweet.

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#5 posted 02-23-2014 09:13 PM

Nice solution. My stones always walk all over the place.
I was not familiar with spelching. Makes sense now.

Dang I need to make a shooting board,
Steve

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#6 posted 02-23-2014 09:35 PM

And with the stones in a wood base, they can be clamped between bench dogs to hold them steady in use.

I had no idea what I’d need a shoot board for. I don’t think that way now.

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#7 posted 02-23-2014 09:48 PM

Nice,a really good job.

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#8 posted 02-23-2014 10:36 PM

So projects come out better with a 51/52 eh?

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#9 posted 02-23-2014 11:19 PM

Nice job, Smitty. Cannot get enough of the 51/52!

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#10 posted 02-24-2014 12:57 AM

Thanks, Gents. It turned out pretty nice and I have the mahogany to blame. Pretty stuff!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#11 posted 02-24-2014 03:53 AM

Do you always use oil stones? Attractive box.

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#12 posted 02-24-2014 03:59 AM

No, but I have experimented a bit lately with them.

Thanks.

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#13 posted 02-24-2014 02:50 PM

Smitty, thank you for posting the action shots of the #51. That will never get old. Now, do mine eyes deceive me or does the #51 have a skewed iron? Man I’ll bet that baby shoots beautifully.

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#14 posted 02-24-2014 05:16 PM

Most Definitely to the skew. With a sharp iron, yes, it’s a pure joy. Sound is pretty cool, too. Beyond the normal ‘shhhick,’ it’s fun.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#15 posted 02-25-2014 03:08 PM

Mmmm 51-ness….

Great box. Thanks Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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