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Forum topic by dpoisson posted 12-06-2011 08:15 PM 1280 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2011 08:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening granite

I just got back from picking up a granite tile (12×12” by approx 1” thick).

Pretty happy about it! Not sure how much these usually go for, but I got mine for 15$ cdn! Score!!

I’ll be a nice addition to my sharpening station I’m building (pics to come!)



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#1 posted 12-06-2011 08:20 PM

Fish, Congrats, you’ll love it. I picked up a sink ‘cut-out’ that’s 2’x3’ for $35USD last spring and it’s been a great addition. Looking forward to pics!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 12-06-2011 11:23 PM

I write this more for the others that may come along and read this post.

While granite squares are great, plate glass can be just as good (until to drop it). I discovered I could buy plate glass locally for $6/square foot. I built a simple wooden frame to hold it and i have a great flat surface for sharpening.

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

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#3 posted 12-07-2011 05:16 AM

Rich, You read my mind. I was just going to ask why not use glass but if you use glass, that’s good enough for me! I’ve been using those white plastic cutting boards from the $ store.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 12-07-2011 05:48 AM

I was using a piece of melamine with NO problems, but a friend gave me a 15” x 24” piece of granite recently so I’ll probably try it to see if there’s a difference.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#5 posted 12-07-2011 09:59 PM

I have a piece of 12×16 plate glass and a 12×12 granite tile. I paid less than $5 for each from the local restore. I see no functional difference between the two in terms of performance. However, the glass seem a bit easier to clean and easier to see any glue residue.

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#6 posted 12-08-2011 10:20 AM

I’ll also add that I went to a local granite countertop supplier and asked if I could buy a few small scraps for $5, but once I showed them what I wanted, (2 pieces, 2 ft x 6 in) they let me have them for free. They are a nice shape for long sharpening strokes…and I put pretty rough grit on one for plane sole flattening and rough blade shaping (I don’t use a grinder).

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#7 posted 12-08-2011 03:44 PM

I bought one of those $35 granite slabs from woodcraft before I knew any of this stuff. Oh well, Live and learn. I find it limited because I would like to take longer strokes – especially for lapping.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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