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Cheap, Easy, Natural Stone Holder

Tue May 29, 2012 6:49 pm

Hi Mark,

Hope you're not reading this on a holiday weekend and are enjoying/enjoyed a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends.

I do want to talk to you about the Ozuku Asagi Koppa (very nice) vs the "regular" Ozuka vs a suita, and I note you sold the nice one I was looking at. What would be a good time to call next week?

I've been making custom bases for "irregulars", koppas, bouts, rustics, etc, and thought you might like to see how I did it. It's cheap and easy, reasonably quick, and anyone can do it. Please excuse the quality of the images, they're phone pics. If you think there's interest in such a thing, I'll do better and post on your forums.

Picture "Bases-1" shows a piece of Saran Wrap taped to a bench top with painter's tape so it won't scoot, and a pile of spray insulation (crack and hole sealer) sprayed on as evenly as possible for an area about 1/2" per side larger than the stone. Let it dry for about 15 minutes, or around 5-10 minutes after the sealer won't stick to a toothpick inserted into the foam. Oh, and if you get this stuff on your skin while it's wet, it pretty much has to wear off! It can be messy.

Bases-2 shows the Koppa, in this case the Junsyouhonyama, wrapped in Saran Wrap. I chose Saran Wrap because the insulation doesn't stick to it when dry. It will stick to wax paper, and I have not tried other options since the SW works well. Something non-stick that would breathe on the bottom would be ideal.

Bases-3 shows the stone on the soft insulation. What it doesn't show is using an iPhone level app to make sure the top of the stone is level. The half-toothpick is from testing the foam. Why half? If you don't break it in half, you'll try to use the other end and you'll have insulation on your fingers. I place a weight, like a couple of bricks or heavy books on it. I let it dry overnight this way. The stone should not sink completely to the counter top. The exposed foam around the edges dries much, much faster than the covered foam under the center of the stone, so when the edges are dry I trim them to remove the "skin" and let the foam air out better.

Bases-4 shows the trimmed up finished product, in this case for the Ozuku Asagi Koppa, and if you look, you can see the edge of the green felt I've contact cemented to the bottom of the cured foam.

It works really well, it's cheap, and the stone doesn't rock at all because the foam is the exact mirror image of the bottom of the stone, no matter what its shape. So you can use very irregular stones quite easily.

Hope you find this interesting.

Cheers, Steve

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Tue May 29, 2012 6:53 pm

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Tue May 29, 2012 6:54 pm

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Tue May 29, 2012 6:55 pm

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Re: Cheap, Easy, Natural Stone Holder

Tue May 29, 2012 7:23 pm

LOL, this is awesome! Just my kind of DIY project, quick, relevant, and cheap.

I actually can't wait to try this now, thanks a ton!

You could maybe glue some thin plastic sheeting to the outside and bottom for protection also; and then of course, rubber feet so the plastic doesn't slide. :)

Re: Cheap, Easy, Natural Stone Holder

Tue May 29, 2012 8:26 pm

LOL

this is awesome. Such a simple solution.

Re: Cheap, Easy, Natural Stone Holder

Tue May 29, 2012 11:36 pm

I love all the cool "make it work" type stuff my customers send me. It's one of the most fun parts of the business.

Re: Cheap, Easy, Natural Stone Holder

Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:32 am

So this stuff provides enough traction to hold the stone still? And it doesn't degrade in water?

Re: Cheap, Easy, Natural Stone Holder

Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:22 am

Beats me. It looks like it might float!
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