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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 139 days ago 837 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!

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



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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 139 days ago

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 139 days ago

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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Slyy

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#3 posted 139 days ago

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!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#4 posted 139 days ago

ah, the 51 in action. Sweet.

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SPalm

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#5 posted 139 days ago

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

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 139 days ago

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.

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

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#7 posted 139 days ago

Nice,a really good job.

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theoldfart

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#8 posted 139 days ago

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

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terryR

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#9 posted 139 days ago

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 139 days ago

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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lysdexic

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#11 posted 139 days ago

Do you always use oil stones? Attractive box.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 139 days ago

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

Thanks.

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

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Brad

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#13 posted 139 days ago

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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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 139 days ago

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 138 days ago

Mmmm 51-ness….

Great box. Thanks Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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