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Durable Wooden Honing Tools

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image Attach a thin piece of leather to your wooden honing tool to increase the tools durability













From Ed Livingston, Pinellas Park, Fla. 

Wooden honing tools, whether they are commercial products or shopmade hones matched to the exact profile of your tools, can quickly hone the inside and outside of gouges and V-tools. Over time, the wood can weaken and deform depending on the amount of pressure you apply while honing. To prevent this, I cover my wooden honing tools with a piece of thin leather, suede, or pigskin.

I attach the leather to the wood using contact cement. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to apply the contact cement. Use a dull pointed tool to force the leather down against all of the wooden surfaces to maintain the shape and contours. Allow the contact cement to dry for 24 hours and apply your honing compound to the leather.

Quick Tool Honing

From Faye Burden, Madisonville, Ky.

Before I started carving, I used a June Tailor self-healing mat when cutting quilt squares with a rotary cutter. After cutting for a long time, I realized that my cutting blade was staying sharp; apparently the self-healing mat was abrasive enough to sharpen the blade.

I tried it with my carving tools and it worked well. I didn’t need to apply any honing compound, water, or oil to the mat. Just make a few cuts into the mat with your tool to quickly touch up the edge. I keep a 5" by 5" mini mat in my tool bag so I can use it anywhere.



Brush cup

Inexpensive Paintbrush Holder

From Mark Bevington 

Canton, Mich.

Fill a plastic cup with uncooked rice or dried beans. Stick the paintbrush handle down into the rice or beans. The rice absorbs any excess moisture that drips down the handle and keeps the brushes separated, protecting the bristles from damage.





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Comments (2 posted):

richipper on 05/11/2011 21:02:38
Has anyone else tried adding leather to the Flexcut strop? I was wondering how it affects the fine features. I have the thin leather and extra strop but am cautious. Richard
RLarson on 10/23/2011 09:54:44
While NOT being an expert at sharpening, I have found that using a WOOD strop will prevent you from rounding over the edge of your tool. The leather is soft enough to cause a small round over of the blade each time you use it. I just put some compound on a (flat or formed) piece of wood, this is easy to use, and easy to replace.
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