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WWhen stroking the plane and chisel blades for final sanding, I always want to make sure there is little or no chance of a freshly sharpened blade slipping off the strop and accidentally hitting something on my workbench. Also, I want to make sure the strop is level and won’t move while I’m polishing the sharp blades.
I’ve found an easy way to keep my shots high and stable. After flattening the block of wood that I intend to convert into a strop, I cut two bars along the bottom of the block on both edges. I found 1⁄2At least in depth 3⁄4“Largo is about the right size.
This creates a large tongue that can be placed in a vise rather than trying to squeeze the entire block into the vise to keep the strop stable, or place it between a tail and dog vise on top of the bench. Keeps the strop flat, stable and raised above the workbench, reducing the chance of hitting the bench or slipping out of the grip. –C. Travis Reese
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