View Full Version : Homemade strops on the cheap.

The Anti-Chrysler
04-03-2013, 11:00 PM
I whipped up these 16" X 3" (the leather part) the other day for a grand total of $9, which is what the 48" X 4" oak board cost me at Home Despot. A friend of mine who does leather work gave me some blem leather for free, and I already owned a can of contact cement. Woo-hoo!


04-04-2013, 10:30 AM
Nice... I've yet to buy a strop. Always just made them. The last ones I made out of leather I glued to a marble window sill that I cut to size.

04-04-2013, 10:46 AM

Balsa wood - $3 (after cutting it i had 3 more pieces left)
Chromium Oxide - $3 (50g, will last a lifetime)
Pine base - free from local carpenter's shop

Works great.

04-04-2013, 12:16 PM
My buddy just made me a balsa strip like that. Too easy and I think it works better than the felt ice been using for years.

04-06-2013, 02:40 AM
i just heard about strops on balsa, always thought about strops being leather so I need to look in to this. get myself some compound and go to town. Otherwise I would use my 4k stone with light trailing strokes, but im so new I hardly even know how to do that lol. Time to make a trip to home depot :)

NO ChoP!
04-06-2013, 10:20 AM
Newspaper $0.50....

04-09-2013, 07:21 PM
I picked up a 2x4x12" piece of balsa from hobby shop, flattened it, then loaded one side with chromium oxide. Works great, and if I screw up and cut into it I can just sand it smooth again.

04-09-2013, 08:10 PM
I use ikea slats....good width for a strop!