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Forum topic by hunter82 posted 02-25-2010 08:33 PM 995 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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hunter82

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02-25-2010 08:33 PM

I know this is a woodworking forum but there seem to be a lot of smart people on here and I am just looking for information.

I am looking at purchasing some soapstone from a guy I know. He has 3 large slabs that he will sell me for cheap but I only want a small amount that can be used as a base to sharpen my chisel and plane blades.

Does anybody know of another use for this material. I am looking to try to sell it and make a small profit if I can just figure out some uses for it. It is solid black so it might not be that great for countertops.


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#1 posted 02-25-2010 08:41 PM

It’s used for carving and sculpture a lot. I believe you can use wood carving tools on it, you don’t have to have stone tools. Hope that helps.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 02-25-2010 09:03 PM

Would make a nice table for your radial arm saw, upon which you could put your sacrificial top. Maybe a coffee table top.

-- Jesse, Hopewell Jct., NY

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#3 posted 02-25-2010 10:27 PM

they make fire places ,counter tops with it

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#4 posted 02-25-2010 10:52 PM

If it is worth something why doesn’t he just sell them on his own? If you know you can make some money, maybe it is a good deal, but I would not buy them until you know you can sell them. Even if it is cheap, you will have three large slabs of soapstone taking up your space, that you will need to move.

If you want some stone for sharpening chisels and plane blades, go to HD and get 1 granite floor tile for a few bucks. One should be plenty, it is for me, but if you are really into it, go ahead and get two. On one tile, I can adhere six pieces of progressive sandpaper grit. Skip the soapstone investment if you only want a small piece for sharpening.

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#5 posted 02-25-2010 11:00 PM

thanks for the ideas, but I was thinking of trying sell it just didn’t really know the best way to market it. I guess I wasn’t to clear in my original post.

That is a good idea about just using tile as a flat surface.

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#6 posted 02-25-2010 11:04 PM

Try taking a couple pictures of what you have to a stone dealer than sells granite and marble. If they don’t have any interest, they can probably tell you who if anybody would be interested in it.

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#7 posted 02-25-2010 11:06 PM

thats a great idea. thanks

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