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This calls for a Strop-on

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Project by Bertha posted 09-12-2017 12:59 AM 904 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I needed a strop for my sharpening study. I like vintage ones with tons of character but all of mine are contaminated with 80 years of who knows what. I like simple projects like this where you can just go wherever you want.

I started with the leather. I’ve got a lot of scraps from my leatherworking. I want one rough, suede-like side and one shiny saddle leather side. I picked out some cool pieces and sized them 3-1/8×12 inches. That should accommodate anything I have.

Just cut them generally square. I’m going to use some heavyass figured Lyptus.

Planed the difficult figure all the way around. I didn’t face them b/c I want some bite. That’s a lie, I didn’t face them because it wouldn’t show.

The site isn’t letting me add pictures. Let me try editing it.
seems like it’s working.

I gently chamfered all the edges.

So I want to make the handle dovetail in, rather than tenon in. I’m fully aware that I should cut the dovetail while the wood is square but I wanted to see if I could manage. I’m also going to make the dovetail full width to see if I can get a Western saw started. No risk project and I’ll use it as long as I can get the leather to stick.

Turned the handle out of ebony b/c I hate using hand tools on it. Left 1 inch for the tail.

All turned out with some dark brown Briwax.

Now to plane it square. Yes, I am regretting the challenge at this point.

Laying out the tail 1:5.

I pinched the handle in my wagon to cut the tail. Yes, it was difficult. I used chisels to clean it up.

By some miracle.

I cleaned up the base of the handle a bit with chisels.

I can destroy my shop making a strop lol.

The lyptus is hard and very heavy. It’s a cool looking wood, thoughj.

I chamfered the edge of the leather with a chisel, trying to match the wood’s chamfer, then slathered everything with dark brown Briwax. It’s really sketchy but that’s ok. I glued the leather down with 5 minute epoxy. I did one at a time and I’m glad I did. I sandwiched the leather between wax paper and a caul; clamped it down. It was harder than I expected, as it wanted to slip around. Once the epoxy started setting up, it was ok.

I roughed up the suede with a wire brush then flooded the leather with RedWing boot oil (my favorite). I smeared on a bit of tripoli and I’m calling it done.

It works!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog





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chrisstef

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#1 posted 09-12-2017 02:12 AM

Im having a “cake in a cup”. Its pretty good.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 09-12-2017 02:33 AM

That’s bloody incredible!!!!

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

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#3 posted 09-12-2017 03:12 AM

Very cool

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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woodcox

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#4 posted 09-12-2017 03:27 AM

Nice detail with the handle and I like the size of it for strokin. I also like the hanging chisel roll off the door, good idea there.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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builtinbkyn

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#5 posted 09-12-2017 03:47 AM

Love it. Love the ebony handle. It can always do double duty at the local frat house. “Thank you sir. May I have another?”

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#6 posted 09-12-2017 11:30 AM

Real nice tool and lot of woodworking skills were used in the build!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Ron Aylor

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#7 posted 09-12-2017 12:49 PM

Very, very nice! Love the dovetailed handle. Great looking photos and an even greater looking shop!
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Bertha

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#8 posted 09-12-2017 01:01 PM

Thanks, guys! Maybe now stropping won’t actually make my edges worse.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 09-12-2017 01:12 PM

I think this is the best strop I’ve ever seen. Nice build.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 09-12-2017 01:37 PM

I can’t make it out, what is the stamp in the leather at the end of the smooth side.

That handle is good stuff. Thanks for taking us along.

-- ~Tony

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#11 posted 09-12-2017 01:50 PM

very nice and convenient

-- Two is One, One is None

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 09-12-2017 03:29 PM

You did a nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Bertha

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#13 posted 09-12-2017 03:49 PM

^Tony, my commissioned work, back in the day, was under “Bertha Combat”. I didn’t pay my LLC taxes (who knew), and someone ransomed my domain name, so all that is left is my stamps and some t-shirts. It started out as a firearms mod co, then a firearms/woodworking one, then a woodworking one, then a memory. Bertha was the cook at my fraternity house. She would get in street fights at age 60+. Lived by the sword and died by the sword, unfortunately. Since I don’t have a Dodge Neon hatchback to plaster memorial stickers on, I memorialized her with threaded barrels and flare gun inserts.

That’s the long answer. The short is, “it’s a ‘B’”.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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AnthonyReed

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#14 posted 09-12-2017 03:55 PM

Magnificent answer.

Sorry someone ransomed the domain. Fuggers.

Thank you Sir.

-- ~Tony

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Bertha

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#15 posted 09-12-2017 05:25 PM

I got the domain back but I lost the frontpage infile for the page lol. It was all old projects anyway.

Speaking of which, I need a new large project. I’ve been goofing off with chisels and the like for weeks now. All I need is about 1000 bf of walnut to be dropped, neatly stacked, outside my shop. Here’s hoping.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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