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Thread: Homemade strops on the cheap.

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    Homemade strops on the cheap.

    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!

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    Senior Member K-Fed's Avatar
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    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.

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    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.

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    St Louis, MO
    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.

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    Victoria, BC, Canada
    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

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    Newspaper $0.50....
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    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.
    Rule #1- Don't sweat the small s%&t, rule #2- It's ALL small s%&t

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    I use ikea slats....good width for a strop!

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