Box dimensions to hold an Arkansas stone

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Forum topic by Brett posted 12-16-2014 02:16 AM 662 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2014 02:16 AM

I acquired an Arkansas stone recently and would like to make a traditional fitted box for it. How deep should I make the hole in the lower piece of wood? How much longer and wider than the stone should I make the box? (The length and width of the box determine the widths of the “walls” that surround the stone; I want to make them wide enough that they won’t break in normal use, but not so wide that the box is excessively large.)

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#1 posted 12-16-2014 03:50 AM

Make it about 1/16” longer and wider if your stone is square and true, many aren’t. If the stone is out of square, use the major dimensions. The bolttom gain or recess for the stone should be kept around 1/8” and the top should accommodate the remainder of the stone’s height. This shallow gain makes it possible for the box to house the stone for its useful life.

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#2 posted 12-20-2014 04:13 PM

Having the stone sit high out of the box also gives you clearance for your knuckles and chisel handles etc. when you are sharpening. Depending on how thick your arkansas stone is you may want to make the bottom of the box out of much thicker stock than you need to just to get that comfortable elevation above the bench surface.

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