Carving tools #2: Honing stick - field honing and stropping for spoon knifes

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Blog entry by mafe posted 01-28-2014 01:31 PM 2446 reads 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A handful of carving tools - for spoons, mugs and so. Part 2 of Carving tools series Part 3: Spoon knife leather sheaths. »

Honing stick
field honing and stropping for spoon knifes

First little project in the shop after it’s reopening.

Made this little drawing in my sketchbook last year and decided it was a good little get ‘started project’.

So a piece of a old broomstick.

Run through the table saw a little over the center.

Making for the slice.

Ripping down half way.

Finishing the cut.

That’s a stick with a slice…

Making a groove for a O-ring.

Here the O-ring, and you can see the sandpaper wrapped around the stick.

Now holding it together.

Cut a piece of leather for a strop.

Contact glue on both leather and stick.

Waiting 20 minutes… Time for the pipe and a cold beer.

We got a stick.

Before loading the strop, I give it a few drops of Camellia oil.

Loading the strop with compound.
The oil helps to hold the compound and bring a little rust prevention.

So now I can stay sharp, even when I’m out the shop.

Hope this little blog can inspire others; to keep their tools sharp on the go.

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 01:57 PM

Interesting concept Mads, thanks for sharing it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 02:12 PM

Great and useful starter project Mads! I had not read about the oil on the strop before. Question: is the leather on the flat side and the curved side? Will you be making a sheath or holster for it to keep it from getting dirty or torn up? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 02:19 PM

Thanks for the photo how-to, Mads! This will be on my list of things to make. Still trying to find the time to make my scorp.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 02:21 PM

Very cool!

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

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#5 posted 01-28-2014 02:48 PM

Very nice, as usual!

-- --bch

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#6 posted 01-28-2014 05:34 PM

great tool there mads, and you even made us electron users happy with the use of the table saw…lol…i like this, your always good at this.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 01-28-2014 06:38 PM

Nice portable sharpening kit Mads. Now you can work outdoors whenever the weather permits.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-29-2014 03:51 AM

Very soon you are going to have so many hand made tools an you will run out of space to store all of them :)

Great as usual.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 01-29-2014 04:28 AM

Thanks for the video.

How do you determine those lines on the template you glued on the side; the one you used to find the angles.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 01-29-2014 12:23 PM

Nice picture how-to on a gr8 looking strop. An addition to the sharpening arsenal we should have for a quick tune-up of keeping your cutters sharp.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 01-29-2014 05:40 PM

Sorry Mads,I am not sure why my comment on a scrollsaw bowl ended up here.

I am very sure I watch the video and commented on the user post. Definitely should not be here…

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 01-30-2014 07:46 PM

That is a great project Mads! Thanks for sharing.

-- I never finish anyth

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#13 posted 02-02-2014 06:05 PM

Hi hi ho,
Philip, smiles.
Ian, lol, I was a wee bit confused, now it makes sense. Guess you are right, I might run out of space… Have actually been looking around lately and found I have quite a few doubles, so guess I have to sell a little.
Roger, one for the road. ;-)
stefang, yes, no joy sitting in the wild with a dull knife…
Grizz, I am not at all a fanatic, have the principle, that when I can do it by hand, I’m allowed to use the machine.
bch, thanks.
Mauricio, ;-)
lew, so many projects so little time. This is a fast one.
Candy, the leather is on the flat side, you could make a extra with the curve, but I think not needed.
Don, smiles.
Best thoughts and thank you all,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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