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Project by Airframer posted 256 days ago 1699 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Paul Sellers inspired DMT holder.

Made from a Poplar cutoff and finished with 3/2/1 and paste wax.

The recesses are carved out with my router plane. Originally I tried to hog out the waste with my bit and brace with not so steller of a result. In the 3rd pic you can see the area that had to be filled in with some putty. A pretty simple build but useful.

Thanks for looking.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com





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terryR

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#1 posted 256 days ago

Very useful, and nice!
Too clean…hope you get ‘em dirty soon. :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Airframer

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#2 posted 256 days ago

I just dirtied it up a bit lol. I can’t believe how much faster these are compared to my waterstones! Should have just gone this route to begin with.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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Don W

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#3 posted 256 days ago

And now you can move north and they won’t freeze. You’ll need to remove them and let them dry. The bottom will rust.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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RussInMichigan

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#4 posted 256 days ago

Nice project, well done.

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yuridichesky

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#5 posted 256 days ago

Agreed about speed and ease of use of DMT stones. Once I got them the sharpening changed from adventure into routine. What grit those stones are? Mine are 220, 600, and 1200 (and then stropping). And sometimes I add 6000 grit waterstone before stropping.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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TheDane

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#6 posted 256 days ago

Good idea … well done!

What is 3/2/1?

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Airframer

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#7 posted 256 days ago

Gerry – 3/2/1 is 3 parts Poly, 2 parts mineral spirits and 1 part BLO. Basically homebrew danish oil.

Yuri – I have 200, 325, 600 and 1200 grit. I do still have a 6000 grit waterstone.. I might follow your lead on that.

Thanks for the heads up Don!

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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Tugboater78

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#8 posted 256 days ago

Good deal ..I need to get a course stone/s i have ezlap fine and xtrafine 600/1200 i think… need to make something like this but keep putting it off.. like a lot of things. doesnt help i have spent most of this year on a boat. i need to get some blades for my router plane.. everytime i go to order from lee valley they are out of stock.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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Airframer

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#9 posted 255 days ago

Justin – Have a look on eBay for #71 blades. I think I paid $10 for this one and it had never been sharpened. Might be something to consider… unless you REALLY want the LV blades.

This setup took all of an evening to make. Hell, you could pull this off on the boat if you really wanted to lol.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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yuridichesky

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#10 posted 255 days ago

BTW, here’s Paul Sellers new article about sharpening (and video too). To me it’s translated as “don’t get crazy about sharpening, have your stones at hand and sharpen often”.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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ColonelTravis

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#11 posted 255 days ago

I really need to switch to these.
Hadn’t seen the new Sellers video yet, thanks Yuri.

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TheDane

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#12 posted 255 days ago

I just watched the Sellers video on sharpening … great information. The DMT plates aren’t cheap, but they are worth every penny.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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AnthonyReed

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#13 posted 255 days ago

Very nice AF.

-- ~Tony

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Rick

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#14 posted 254 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Dinger

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#15 posted 254 days ago

I had been looking into the these plates for a while now. I’m moving on to another sharpening method from glass/sandpaper. So it’s these or water stones. What maintenance do they require? I noticed one fellow said you need to remove them to prevent from rusting. This is assuming you use water with them right? I’m told you don’t need anything on them necessarily, or you can use oil, which would take and rust concerns away, correct? Sorry to hijack this conversation about your clever project design into a project question. If only they made their 8-inch plates double-sided I’d have already bought some…

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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