How to Make a Set of Sharpening Stones for About 30$




Hey everyone! This is my very first instructable, which is largely modeled off of Quad89's original idea so he is the real owner of this idea. I simply modified it a little bit. Now, lets get started!


Step 1: Materials

Here is the materials and price list for the things you will need for this build.

~5 tiles --- 5$ (Lowes)
~Acetone --- Already had (Available at lowes)
~Spray adhesive --- Already had (Available at lowes)
~Sandpaper grits 600,800,1200,1500,2000 --- 25$ (WoodCraft)
~An old rag --- Already had
~A cutting board --- Already had
~Xacto knife --- Already had
~Some heavy objects to act as weights

Step 2: Cut the Sandpaper.

Now we will begin to assemble our wet stones. First lets start with the 600 grit paper and take one of our tiles, and line it up on the paper so that there is a slight overhang on two of the sides. (one short side and one long side) Once that is done, Cut flush against one edge, leaving you with a slightly oversized piece which will aid in the glueing process.

Step 3: Glue Time!

Shake that can of adhesive up like your life depends on it!! Once your have that shaken up real good, its time to prep our tiles for glueing. Start by wiping them down with some acetone with a rag and let them dry for a few minutes. Once dry, apply a good amount of adhesive onto the smooth side of your tile and then place your sandpaper on top and line up the two edges so you have the slight overhang just like you did when you cut them off the whole sheet. After you glue them all, Let them sit for about 15-20 minutes.

Step 4: Clean the Edges.

Now comes time to clean up the edges. Take your tiles and lay them upside down and trim off the excess sandpaper. This will leave us with very nice looking edges. Almost profesional! If you have excess glue running down the sides, carefully wipe off with paper towel or rag. Avoid getting acetone into the paper and glue on the flat surface, this will compromise the glue on the sandpaper and it could easily start to come off.

Step 5: Accessorize Time.

Almost done! Now comes time to label the stones. You can do this simply by writing on the front edge of the tiles with a new sharpie to make it look nice. After that, I added little rubber feet to one end of mine to give them a slight slant and prevent them from moving and sliding around on you when sharpening .

Step 6: Finished!

Woohoo! Were done! Now, i personally would wait an extra hour or two to fully let the glue adhere completely. One extra touch i added was i took a piece of leather, and nailed it around a piece of wood. After you finish going through all of your sharpening stones, you can run the blade across the leather like the barbers do.



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    4 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! One little thing of note though: (you've probably figured this out by now, but to anyone who may not know...)

    Don't just spray the spray adhesive on the stone and then put the paper on it. The Super 77 used here, and most spray adhesive for that matter, is contact adhesive, and spraying it on only one surface will give a mediocre bond. (In fact, that is sometimes done on purpose, if it's meant to be temporary.) For a proper bond (ridiculously strong!), you have to spray a coat on both of the surfaces to be joined, wait for about a minute, (but up to about 10 minutes), and then join the two pieces. It grabs instantly though, so make sure you have things lined up correctly, and start from one end.

    This is great though. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I've been using sandpaper to sharpen for years now. Though I mounted them on boards originally, I found that I wanted to change out the sandpaper once in a while. Now I just use the paper and a flat surface with a good square edge. Also, I read somewhere about using corrugated cardboard to put the last finish on the blade, which seems to work well (especially in a pinch, and when only a touch up is needed). The grittier grits 600-1200 are great for getting an edge where there isn't one.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I should also mention that I found a really good quality waterproof 2000 grit paper at an auto parts store.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great method. If you use the leather you should add a polishing rouge to it. Sharpen blades look like chrome and are really sharp. Use a blade guide unless you have a lot of experience maintaining an angle.

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