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    Best strop base for flatness and not warping. Wood, MDF?

    Regardless of what is on top like balsa, lesther, or felt... What is best for a flat and stable base? MDF, wood? Sealed in any way and with what? I would think MDF is best.

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    marble.

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    Or thick glass I suppose. Where do you get a small hunk of marble from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianh View Post
    Or thick glass I suppose. Where do you get a small hunk of marble from?
    I've seen marble tile at Home Depot.

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    Good idea. I called my local lowes and they will do a straight cut for free, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianh View Post
    Good idea. I called my local lowes and they will do a straight cut for free, too.
    Sweet.

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    3" x 1/2" steel bar stock (or you could go thinner - 1/4", 3/16", 1/8"), cut to desired length, ground smooth to remove scale. then you can add self-stick magnetic sheeting to whatever substrate you strop on. You oculd get it machined if you want it perfectly smooth as glass, but if you put something else on top of it it doesn't really matter.
    Shibui - simplicity devoid of unnecessary elements

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    Long story on the marble, but it was a PITA so I gave up. I got two 1/2" thick pieces of red oak, clamped/glued together, hit with some poly, and will epoxy a thin sheet of steel to the top. Cost about $10.

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    Here's my $10 base. Got the 26awg sheet metal from a buddy who works at a metal shop.




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    Looks awesome gj mate.

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