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Project by David Grimes posted 1136 days ago 1948 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Thanks for stopping in.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia





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mafe

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#1 posted 1136 days ago

That is a elegant sharpening surface.
I just came from the work shop where I took photos of me making a scary crap version… Since I needed to flatten some old chisels for my Paris tool tote.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Bluepine38

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#2 posted 1135 days ago

Very nice little sharpening station. I would guess that either 1. you are a Gorilla glue salesman, or 2. you
are trying to win the Gorilla glue contest. Good luck and thank you for sharing. I have been away from the
automotive scene for a while and had not heard of the 3m Trizact, guess I will have to check it out.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Bertha

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#3 posted 1135 days ago

touch of class adding the frame. I liquid nailed mine onto plywood before I started using marble windowsills. Mine wooden/glass ones served me well for many years.

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

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Bertha

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#4 posted 1135 days ago

On a quick serious note, how are these gorilla white & yellow glues. I used Titebond III because…..well, for no real reason, I suppose. I use Gorilla when I want something tacky and gap filling. I haven’t used their other glues, and actually wasn’t aware of them. Gorilla duct tape is the cat’s pajamas, that’s for sure.

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

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jeffl

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#5 posted 1135 days ago

Bertha, you made your cat pajamas out of ductape? Cruel. I haven’t made a dedicated sharpening area yet.

-- Jeff,

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rance

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#6 posted 1135 days ago

Jeff, You can make many things with Gorilla Tape, a wallet, pants, a shirt, and YES, even pajamas for your cat or dog.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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David Grimes

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#7 posted 1135 days ago

mafe: Thank you, kind sir.

Bluepine38: Glue salesman? No, I like horses. lol Contest? Yes, that is my entry. I figure a gorilla on a t-shirt beats a monkey on my back ! ;=)

The automotive guys are using it a bit, but the glass guys are really into it quickly. It is pricey, but really does last much longer than alternatives. The entire surface is perfect little rows of pyramids that actually increase the cutting edge surface per sq. inch as you wear it down. I’ve got a small pile so I am going to give it a real fair test drive. So far, so good.

Bertha: Yes, many people were turned off by the original foaming glue because they didn’t expect it (or did not read the instructions). However, it is useful as long as you expect the foaming and can clamp or weigh down. That original is great for installing thresholds (t-molds, reducers, mini-threshes, etc.) with hardwood flooring and laminate without need of brads or screws. As you know, just don’t use too much. We just put weight on them and let them dry.

On the super glue, it does have a wee bit of flex unlike the others. That makes a real world difference in my book. Here’s a tip: Since it is still cyanoacrylate, the spray accelerators work as well on the Gorilla glue as they do on their own expensive “triple distilled” cyanoacrylate. glue one side, spray the other, then prepare to mate the two pieces exactly right within 3-5 seconds. Hold tight for another 5 secs and it is FUSED.

Their white glue is a solid performer. Strong and dries fast. Put in the category of the titebond II as far as water resistance. The titebond III is water PROOF for ehrn that matters.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Bertha

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#8 posted 1135 days ago

Well, I DID plan on bringing my nightsand waterskiing. I’ve never got very interested in glues. I generally have TBIII, Gorilla, CA, spray, and epoxy around. All out of convenience. I bet if I switched over to hide, I might get a little more interested.

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

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jeffl

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#9 posted 1135 days ago

I am no expert on glue I like titebond 2 for most things and gorilla for exterior projects and I find plain white Elmer’s does good. I have no luck with superglues. I don’t need much tape or cat PJ’s

-- Jeff,

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David Grimes

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#10 posted 1133 days ago

@Bertha, How about a breakfast-in-bed tray that doubles as a knee board for water ski outings (galley rail for safety both ways) ??? The juice glass hole doubles as the rope attachment. lol

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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David Grimes

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#11 posted 1128 days ago

Update: I added a picture of the sharpening station in use. The bench cookies really keep this thing planted.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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