Grizzly Granite Surface Plates for a sharpening station

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11-13-2010 03:22 AM

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After seeing the Lie Nielsen sharpening station for $1300, I spotted Grizzly’s Granite Surface Plates. I am motivated to build a sharpening station to use the 24”x36” (4” thick) Grizzly Granite Surface Plate for the surface.

Has anyone got any experience with these surface plates? I would be interested in any downfalls or insights you may have.

Thank you,

-- Phil G

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#1 posted 11-13-2010 03:30 AM

I have no experience with these but I find them appealing. If I ever buy one it will be when I am in the area so I can pick it up and avoid the shipping charges.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 11-13-2010 03:42 AM

I have used one of these for about two years to a sharpen my tools. Basically gives you a flat surface that doesn’t scoot around. I just pour a little water on it, slap my sandpaper on it and sharpen the bevel, then a few swipes on the back. Works great for me. I picked mine up from woodcraft.

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#3 posted 11-13-2010 04:22 AM

For that price I doubt you could go wrong. I did not know Grizzly sold plates that large. I may have to also make my sharpening station from one!

-- James -

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#4 posted 11-13-2010 04:58 AM

You might get a hernia trying to move these things around? How much do they weigh? :-)

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#5 posted 11-13-2010 06:24 AM

399#, maybe the 3” thick one would work as well

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#6 posted 11-13-2010 07:07 AM

very cool! how much would something like this cost at a big-box home center store?

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#7 posted 11-13-2010 07:16 AM

I dunno know but 24×36” seems like a lot of dedicated real estate just for sharpening, of course unless you have plenty of room. Have you checked with the local granite countertop installers in your area? They may have a cutoff they would let go of, say cheap. Freight on the Grizzly project will run you about twice the cost of the granite slab. It just seems like there is an easier way. I’m all about easy.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#8 posted 11-13-2010 07:35 AM

24”x36”x4” plate would weight 165 lb. I don’t understand why people spend money on this. A $5 granite tile will give you PERFECTLY FLAT surface, and it can’t be flatter than flat. A tile is sufficient for any sharpening needs except perhaps planer blades.

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#9 posted 11-13-2010 12:05 PM

I’m with David Roberts on this one. I can’t help thinking that woodworking stores selling granite is a bit of a rip off, especially when you consider the postage costs on top of the price.

I bought a slab of black granite at my local supermarket which was being sold in the kitchen section as a cutting board. It is 1” thick x 18” long x 12” wide. It cost me £10. It might be worth you looking out for something similar.

Other than that, search for granite worktop maufacturers and see if there are any in your area that you could visit and pick it up in person. If you are not fussy about the the colour of the granite I bet they have tons of offcuts they would be happy to get rid of. Alternatively, do as Viktor says and use a tile.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#10 posted 11-13-2010 12:21 PM

Monumentalist’s tomb stone makers also have pieces.
That is in Scotland.
Saves a lot on postage.
I got a nice 12×18 x 2 piece for a bottle of Scotch. :) (preferred currency for non receipt purchases in Scotland)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 11-13-2010 01:37 PM

I use a sink cutout from a kitchen. Its 1.5” thick, 18×30. The cost was free since I grabbed it out of the trash. Call your local stone shop, these “scraps” have virtually no value to them and they usually have a pile sitting out somewhere.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#12 posted 11-13-2010 04:32 PM

FWIW – I can buy plate glass locally for $6 per square foot. In theory, it is as flat as anything else. I “mount” it to some plywood and it works great as a sharpening surface. It’s also easy to put away when not in use.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#13 posted 11-13-2010 04:55 PM

I use granite tiles from Home Depot. About $4.50 each.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#14 posted 11-13-2010 06:21 PM

Get a piece of float glass from the local glass company. Thick, flat, cheap, and non-porous.
Granite is fine for the machine shop where it will be on a dedicated work stand.


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#15 posted 11-13-2010 07:52 PM

+1 on the granite tile


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