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Here is what I was shown by my Grandfather for to make the final polish to a plethora of cutting edges. This common fungus readily found growing on dieing silver birch trees, see here for genus

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piptoporus_betulinus.

The fungus has some of the finest silicates known to man within its superstructure that are perfect for honing your plane blades.

Take the fungus and let it dry out naturally under cover, when dry carefully slice the bracket into thin strips of about 1/4” and the glue them to a piece of plywood, you now have the ultimate polishing compound free from mother nature.

-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcyhgsGA6mY&feature=player_embedded



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RCT

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#1 posted 729 days ago

Hay apprentice
This is great do you have pics of your honing boards?
I love to see how you did this.

-- "Ya but what does he know anyhow?"

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apprentice

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#2 posted 729 days ago

RCT

There is a board there next to the complete fungi.

To make one simply cut the fungus throught the middle on a bandsaw or by hand so your left with a flat slice/disc then either glue it to a board or leave it whole.

If you notice mine still has the rounded outer shape of the fungi intact.

You.don’t need any compounds just rub your blade upon the fungi.

-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcyhgsGA6mY&feature=player_embedded

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apprentice

201 posts in 758 days


#3 posted 729 days ago

RCT

There is a board there next to the complete fungi.

To make one simply cut the fungus throught the middle on a bandsaw or by hand so your left with a flat slice/disc then either glue it to a board or leave it whole.

If you notice mine still has the rounded outer shape of the fungi intact.

You.don’t need any compounds just rub your blade upon the fungi.

-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcyhgsGA6mY&feature=player_embedded

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llwynog

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#4 posted 729 days ago

Nerver heard of this.
Sounds very interesting and I would be curious to give it a try.
Thank you for the information.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 729 days ago

how very interesting “razor strop”.... gotta go look at some birch trees around here and try it out.

thanks for posting

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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apprentice

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#6 posted 727 days ago

Or if you have a spare grand you could buy one of these, the best sharpening system there is bar none.

http://www.sharpenset.co.uk/thewhetstone.asp

-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcyhgsGA6mY&feature=player_embedded

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Mauricio

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#7 posted 716 days ago

Wow, thats fascinating, I have to keep a lookout for those. I wonder if they grow in North America?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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apprentice

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#8 posted 716 days ago

Maurico

They do grow in your neck of the woods, look for dead standing silver birch.

-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcyhgsGA6mY&feature=player_embedded

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Don W

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#9 posted 698 days ago

thanks for the info. Now, some time to try it out.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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poopiekat

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#10 posted 698 days ago

Fantastic!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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