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Project by kiefer posted 09-16-2013 04:56 PM 1938 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday my son in law and I made him a new leather belt from a six foot piece and when we where done had a good piece left over so I decided to make a couple of strops .
Used some birch flooring planed to 1/2” and some walnut scraps for the handle .
The handle is attached with a tennon joint and glued with a couple of 1/4” dowels .
The leather is glued with hide glue Which Paul ( shipwright )
thought would be a glue to try one my leather hinges ,so since I had this on hand I mixed up a small batch and it worked like a charm ,thanks Paul .
Gave the wood a quick sand and a coat of salad bowl finish and just have to get some compound for the leather and give it a try on the kitchen knifes .
A quick and fun project using some scraps and left overs which we will both enjoy having some sharp knifes when it comes to cut up the roast or turkey at Thanksgiving .

-- Kiefer 松

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 05:34 PM

Nice ones, Kiefer. That will put a razor edge on your blades!!

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

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 05:51 PM

Cool. You could make a bunch of these and sell them a fairs. Who doesn’t need a strop?

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#3 posted 09-16-2013 05:55 PM

Thanks Jim and it will be a useful tool for the shop also but I have to get permission .

Thanks Cathy
That is one of my thoughts and it would make a good add on item for the cutting board sellers .

-- Kiefer 松

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#4 posted 09-16-2013 06:13 PM

I always knew what the leather straps at the barber shop were used for, but i never knew they had a name…Strop. It’s like “aglet” – you know what it is, but you never knew it had a name.

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#5 posted 09-16-2013 06:16 PM

Nice job, and regular use sure helps to keep your tools sharp. I made one out of horse hide a couple of years ago and use a green miro-fine honing compound ( ), which helps maintain a razor edge. Just a thought.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 06:39 PM

Nice Keifer.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 09-16-2013 07:37 PM

Good to have around.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#8 posted 09-16-2013 08:19 PM

That is the little sleeve at the end of shoe laces .
I looked today at HD and Can. Tire, no luck but I think Lee Valley has it .
Thanks for the thought .
Thanks Mike and Jim

-- Kiefer 松

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#9 posted 09-16-2013 08:22 PM

Nice Strops Kiefer

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#10 posted 09-16-2013 08:36 PM

Super nice Kiefer, after using strops there are no way back.
Best thoughts,

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

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#11 posted 09-16-2013 09:26 PM

Good to hear you are getting the hide glue going Kiefer.
Maybe you can get a buck or two for your left over PVA glue on Craigslist ........ you’ll never go back.
Nice strops. I have a little pocket one that came all the way from Denmark ….... :-) (thanks Mads)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#12 posted 09-16-2013 09:28 PM

Nice tools and also nice LOOKING tools! These are just beautiful and will be a delight to have around and use.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#13 posted 09-16-2013 11:10 PM

Great work I have one not as nice as yours but be honest i never have used it… Ugh, looks good on the peg board….. LOL well done. Love the handle….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 09-17-2013 01:09 AM

Very nice. Well made too, to give you years of devoted use.

OK. So where do you guys go to get the leather to make your strops? And which side do you put outward? The rough side or smooth side?

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#15 posted 09-17-2013 01:22 AM

I get my leather from Tandy Leather in Edmonton Alberta Canada and you should have a store near you or do mail order on the net ,they have good prices and many bargains .
There is a lot of different opinions about which side up, how thick and on and on .
I used what I had and think I am close to good but may make one for the shop with both sides showing .
The barber in our town used a strop with the smooth side only and his razor knife was always scary sharp but if he used a compound or what type I don’t know .
Just make one and give it a go that way you will find what works best for you .

-- Kiefer 松

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