Polishing stone holders are essential to creating optimal control when polishing with hand or polishing equipment. Polishing stone holders are useful accessories for efficient, safe, and quick sharpening of your instruments. The primary purpose of a polishing stone holder is to prevent the stones from slipping in order to make sure that the sharpening or polishing processes are made as comfortable and safe as possible.
Polishing stone holders also elevate your stones from the work bench so that you are allowed the additional clearance while undertaking the polishing or sharping process. They are especially useful when your stones have become thinner because the extra clearance will make your jobs a lot easier. Another wonderful aspect of the polishing stone holder is that it is typically waterproof and is ideal for stones of varying sizes (generally from 150 to 220 mm in length).
There are essentially two types of polishing stone holders. One is the specialty kind of stone holders that are mostly used by professionals, and the other is tailored to DIYers, hobbyists, enthusiasts, etc.
Polishing stone holders are typically made from oilstone, diamonds and other types of materials to carry out the intended sharpening process. The DIY type of polishing stone holders as we mentioned above are normally made of oil stone to accommodate the line of tasks as required. The other type of polishing stone holders which are used by professionals are typically made of diamonds to perform more specialized sharpening processes that require maximum rigidity.
Some of the major features of a polishing stone holder include:
1. Polishing stone holders can be positioned based on the angle of the sharpening blade.
2. There are several meshes for the choice of sharpening materials.
3. Polishing stone holders are able to yield a very sharply ground blade.
4. The sharpening process is typically accompanied by certain sharpening techniques in order to ensure optimal results.
5.Polishing stone holders are mainly used by knives enthusiasts and DIYers.
In this section, we’ll cover how you can make your own polishing stone holder which can be clamped alongside the vise for the ease of use. To start, you will need the following:
1. Plywood: You will need the plywood for both the vise block and the holder itself. How you want to go about the dimension is up to you.
2. Steel rule
4. Gauge: Alternatively, you can use a router plane instead.
7. Three diamond sharpening stones
8. Router plane
9. Tenon saw
Now we can officially get into the actual steps of creating your polishing stone holder:
Step 1: Measure about one tenth of the entire length of your plywood from each edge to create a border. For instance, if the length of your plywood measures 200 mm, you’d create a 20 mm margin from each edge. Now place one of the diamond stones on the borderline and ensure that it is spaced equally from the top and bottom, then trace around the edge with a pencil.
Step 2: Next, place the stone about another 10 mm away from the first one which you placed in step 1, and mark around the edge with your pencil again. Do the same with your last stone as well. It is important to note that you should use the stones to lay out the recess positions since they may differ in size, so using each stone to measure ensures that each recess can be customized to match the stone.
Step 3: Start working on the pencil marks using a sharp knife or square as you will proceed to chopping the recesses now. Make chops along the length of the recess across the rain at about 2mm by using your chisel to bevel down on the waste side of the knifewall. Check and see if the stones fit the designated recesses. If not, a tweak is necessary.
Step 4: Now you can proceed to cutting the vise block recess and attach the vise block to the underside. Hold your holder upside down and mark the edge, then use your strip of plywood to line up with the line you’ve just marked. Tilt it slightly inward as you mark on the other side using your knife to ensure good fit.
Step 5: Now have the vise block glued in place based on the last step. You might want to leave it clamped overnight to get rid of any air pocket. Then, you can proceed to finishing the holder using three coats of varnish including in the recesses to prevent auto glass cleaner from being absorbed. Once the finish is dry the next day, you can use silicone to fix the stone in place in the recesses, allowing you to remove them if necessary.
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