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Balsa wood strop for Edge Pro question

Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:46 am

How thick is the balsa wood on the blank? If I get one I would want to be able to try different grits on it. That might mean I'd have to sand it to remove a coarser grit than what I want to apply something finer. I think if I have grit x on it and want to put some coarser paste on it that would be ok. However, if I want to apply a finer grit than what I already have on it I'd need to sand the coarser grit off which would thin the wood. That is why I'm asking. If I do this I'd start with a finer grit and apply new grits with a coarser one each time. After I decide what I want to stay with I'd need to sand it all off and apply what I want to remain on it. I'm assuming the wood is at least 1/8" thick but I'm hoping it is thicker.

I've never used a balsa strop. Any tips on why finer grits would be more appropriate or visa\versa would be appreciated. Any other advise also.

Thanks,
Jack

Re: Balsa wood strop for Edge Pro question

Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:30 pm

No idea how thick they are. I use magnetic balsa strips and they are 2 or 3mm thick.

Re: Balsa wood strop for Edge Pro question

Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:13 am

I emailed CKTG about this and Mark replied the balsa wood is 1/2" thick which should be plenty thick enough to apply paste, sand off, reapply, etc. enought times to decide what I'd like to stick with. Might even end up getting two or more to use different grits or pastes without re-sanding.

Jack

Re: Balsa wood strop for Edge Pro question

Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:57 am

Sanding Balsa strops isn't a great idea. It is just begging for grit contamination issues between compounds AND the sanding grit.

If you want to go this route consider a magnetic base and magnetic backed balsa, available in bench strops or for the EP.

The EP strops are 1/8" thick and the bench sized strops are 1/2" thick. I'd suggest dedicating a strop to a single grit. If you HAVE to, only go to a coarser grit, not a finer one.

If this drives you nuts, consider using paper instead of balsa as your strop.

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Ken

Re: Balsa wood strop for Edge Pro question

Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:35 pm

jackknifeh wrote:I emailed CKTG about this and Mark replied the balsa wood is 1/2" thick which should be plenty thick enough to apply paste, sand off, reapply, etc. enought times to decide what I'd like to stick with. Might even end up getting two or more to use different grits or pastes without re-sanding.

Jack


The 1/2 inch thick balsa is for the handamerican strops, not the edge pro strops. The edge pro strops are thin, .15 inches or 3.5mm.
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