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Re: Cutting a Stone

Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:14 am

I've done this, here is what I did and why I won't do it again.
The reason I tried was to save money on a low grit EP sized stone, in my mind, I would end up with a life time supply of low grit stones EP sized cut from full sized stones which are available here at Lee Valley. (I'm in Canada so shipping isn't free and also, I just wanted to see if I could do it. I had no intention of selling them or anything.)

I used a wet tile saw on a Bester 700 grit stone. I did not soak the stone, not because I don't think it is a good idea, I just didn't think of doing that.
The actual cutting process was quite quick, messy but quick and relatively easy. There is waste but the result was 6 pieces and not all of those were the same size. I then did my best with a DMT plate to square them off, remove any scuff marks left by the blade.

When compared to the products Ken creates, they are just ugly blocks of stone that I ended up tossing away. My curosity was satisfied, I'm leaving it to the expert.

Kens precision cutting is like something out of a labratory, my products were like something a bunch of drunk rednecks hacked out of a rock with an axe, a dull axe.

Just sayin :)

Re: Cutting a Stone

Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:30 am


I've had so many of those....I really appreciate you putting that in print, made me giggle.

Re: Cutting a Stone

Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:02 pm

Hey!.......Don't be making fun of drunk rednecks with dull axes! We're just doing our best!

Re: Cutting a Stone

Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:46 pm

Sailor, thanks. Your result is certainly one of the possible outcomes I have imagined for sure. ;) I have no intention of cornering the market on cut stones either, mostly I'm just keen to give it a try. I bet access to a water-jet cutting system would do the trick!

Re: Cutting a Stone

Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:11 pm

Sailor's outcome is exactly what I had pictured and why I haven't tried it yet.
Like Parodox, I'm definitely not going into the business, just want to try and make a few toys to keep around my parent's farm to sharpen axes, hatchets and other garden tools. Maybe even touch up a lawnmower blade.
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