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BigMig

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09-17-2018 04:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: honing compound green compound sharpening honing strop tip

Hey LJ team,
I’m getting better at sharpening plane irons, chisels and I want to finish with a strop and compound.

My first question is: Is green compound on a strop a good way to finish sharpening a tool?

Second question: If green compound is the right compound to finish with, is every company’s green compound the same material? Like – is the green compound from Highland Woodworking the same as Lee Valley and the same as …? Some retailers offer a small bar; others have a 1 lb block.

Thanks.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA


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#1 posted 09-17-2018 04:55 PM

Yes- that’s how I do it.

Yes- I wont say they are all the exact same at the chemical level. But I’ve never noticed a difference in results.

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#2 posted 09-17-2018 04:57 PM

This is the stuff I use, and it seems to work just fine.

https://www.amazon.com/Woodstock-D2902-1-Pound-Buffing-Compound/dp/B0000DD35C/

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#3 posted 09-17-2018 08:29 PM

Honestly, I have used many different types including Harbor Freight, Sears C-man and more expensive ones. For power stropping or buffing/polishing, there may be some noticable difference. But when it comes to stropping tool edges on a piece of charged leather, I can’t say that any one worked better than any other. As far as I’ve been able to tell, any green compound works well with stropping. If it’s hard to get charge the leather, thin it a bit with mineral oil.

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#4 posted 09-17-2018 11:33 PM

Polishing compound colors are not the same for all manufacturers but rule of thumb is black,brown,white,green,red,blue. Green is the all purpose polishing compound it’s meant for stainless steel but works for almost everything.

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#5 posted 09-18-2018 02:29 AM

My first question is: Is green compound on a strop a good way to finish sharpening a tool?

Yes

Second ? I have no idea.

Lately I’ve been using Flex Cut gold and the green compound on a DMT plate because it’s flat, then polish on
an 8000 water stone. Works for me.

Some folks use mdf because it’s flat and others use a flat piece of maple.

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#6 posted 09-18-2018 04:37 PM

Thanks to all…now – to find a good piece of leather to make a strop.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#7 posted 09-18-2018 06:48 PM

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#8 posted 09-18-2018 07:03 PM

I took an old leather belt that was too worn to wear to work anymore, cut a strip and hot glued to a stick, and bought this at my local lumberyard: https://www.amazon.com/Wood-Good-WD402-Abrasive-Powder/dp/B003NE5BFO

Only problem is my belt isn’t wide enough for my plane irons, so will probably buy the 3” strop on amazon for $10 which already comes with the green compound. Oh well.

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#9 posted 09-18-2018 08:11 PM

You can buy your leather online from Tandy Leather (https://www.tandyleather.com/en/). I always keep some around the shop for various purposes. I have made a number of leather strops of various sizes and shapes for planes, chisels, and gouges. I use Turtle Wax automotive rubbing compound on my strops. Cheap and easy to obtain.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#10 posted 09-19-2018 05:05 AM

I use green. Works just fine.

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#11 posted 09-20-2018 01:00 AM

green is green because of the chromium oxide in it. so I would assume it is all the same because chromium oxide is chromium oxide, but who knows. I use green dialux and it is cheap and works great.

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#12 posted 09-20-2018 01:09 AM

Reading all of this reminds me of my late father whom, as a boy, I used to watch occasionally strop his pocket knife on the leather sole of his shoe. I didn’t understand it at the time, but now I know the fine abrasive embedded in the shoe leather did the job. Great old memories! That was back in the late 1940s and 1950s.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#13 posted 09-20-2018 04:47 PM

Replies like the ones above make the LJ site so great. Thanks team!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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