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Rocking Rocks

Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:33 pm

While my various synthetic stones fit nicely in one holder or another, the naturals are a little more finicky. Some of them don't have full bottom corners so a conventional holder won't work, others are irregular enough that they rock either in a holder, or on a flat surface.

I've been using moist c-fold paper towels under the tall stones to keep them from sliding. There isn't a lot of thickness there to deal with irregularity and a cotton towel seems too thick. Is there something better that works for you, either with or without rough-flattening the bottom of the naturals?

Re: Rocking Rocks

Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:06 pm

How about one of those little bean bags Walgreens sell for bruises?

Re: Rocking Rocks

Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:03 am

I personally have never owned a stone holder but then again I am new to the game. I use a silicone mousepad but you could also use one of those silicone baking mats and use it for baking as well. I have spent so much money on my knives and stones, strops, etc. that I have had to jerry rig some things. I made my own hone base to hold magnetic strops out of a steel plate, a piece of wood, and you guessed it a silicone mouse pad all glued together. Hope this helps!

Re: Rocking Rocks

Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:49 am

I flatten the bottom a bit, sometimes it doesn't take very much and the stone will have some better contact points. Other times you just need a thicker towel.

Re: Rocking Rocks

Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:00 am

You can get some wood or flat surface and put some water proof putty/epoxy on there and use that the secure the stone. I found some marine grade epoxy that is like a putty for boat repairs, but haven't used it yet to mount any stones.

Re: Rocking Rocks

Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:31 am

I agree with Taz,Gorilla Glue WP will bond just about anything..

Re: Rocking Rocks

Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:45 pm

JEFF <> I have stone holders, but I only use them for glass plates & diamond plates. I have used kitchen towels for years as a stone substrate, and have yet to find anything better. Folded flat for flat stones, bunched up to support irregular stones.

Re: Rocking Rocks

Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:18 am

That rubbery stuff with all the holes you use to line drawers is also very good stuff for keeping stuff from slipping.
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