|Project by David Grimes||posted 06-14-2011 09:15 AM||2392 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
I needed a very flat, hard surface to perform my current version of “scary sharp” for my chisels and my few (for now) plane blades. I am currently using 3m Trizact 5” film as my sharpening media. Since I have a small garage shop / man cave, I needed something just the right size to hold up to six 5” diameter circles, yet heavy and durable.
I chose a size of 12” x 16”, the work surface as 3/8” tempered glass with the cut edges honed for safety, 3/4” x 3 1/2” x 48” oak as a framing material, 3/8” plywood as a backing (because I have it and 3/8 glass plus 3/8 plywood is oh so slightly taller than my 3/4” oak).
Picture 1 is the finished product minutes after being used for the first time.
Picture 2 is my materials: the plywood, glass, oak, my favorite paint, and my fastening material… you guessed it… Gorilla glue. I chose the Gorilla Super Glue with Impact-Tough formula for a less brittle bond. It is quick and rated for everything but glass, concrete and foam.
Picture 3 is one piece of my ripped, rabbeted, routed and mitered frame material.
Picture 4 is the frame glued solidly with the glass being tested for fit.
Picture 5 shows the glass (now with painted bottom) and one of the glued mitered corners.
Picture 6 shows the glued up backing piece of plywood.
For super stability, I glued four (4) Rockler bench cookies to the base.
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-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia