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Stones with a base

Thu May 16, 2013 12:53 am

I bought a sharpening stone a few weeks ago that came with a base. I didn't realize that the base was glued to the stone. Is there any way to remove the base? The feet on the base arent good and it slips around on the counter it is also too large to put in a stone holder. I guess I could find some new rubber feet.

thoughts?

Re: Stones with a base

Thu May 16, 2013 1:18 am

Maybe get the base hot with a hair dryer to soften up the glue. Is the base some sort of plastic or wood?

Re: Stones with a base

Thu May 16, 2013 1:54 am

I'm sure with the right tools and some ingenuity the base could be cut down as to not interfere with using it in a stone holder.

Re: Stones with a base

Thu May 16, 2013 2:24 am

No, not really, at least not without potentially breaking the stone....

Re: Stones with a base

Thu May 16, 2013 3:46 am

As I think about it I bet I could and actually very easily without damaging the stone.

Re: Stones with a base

Thu May 16, 2013 4:19 am

JEFF <> I do believe Kalaeb was saying it would be difficult to remove the stone from the base w/o breaking it; not that it would break by you cutting the base down as you seemingly interpreted.

FYI: most stones w/a base fit in the Suehiro stone holder. Moot for you, pertinent to others.
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/sustho.html

Re: Stones with a base

Thu May 16, 2013 10:16 am

Several solutions:
1. Use a sink bridge to hold it in place. I made a custom one that can handle irregularly shaped stones, very large natural stones, etc etc., but the commercially available sink bridges are fine too.
2. Cut the base to the length of the stone so it fits the stone holder,
3. Remove the base. I have done this by carefully cutting off the base flush to the stone. This does require some skill and is somewhat dangerous if you are not very comfortable and careful with power equipment.
4. Trying to pry it off or heat it until the glue separates - not recommended at all. The possibility of immediate OR delayed failure of the stone is quite real.

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Ken

Re: Stones with a base

Fri May 17, 2013 1:13 am

Melampus wrote:JEFF <> I do believe Kalaeb was saying it would be difficult to remove the stone from the base w/o breaking it; not that it would break by you cutting the base down as you seemingly interpreted.

I believe your are right and my apologies for the misunderstanding.

Re: Stones with a base

Fri May 17, 2013 1:24 am

If a stone could stand up to boiling water I'd imagine that might work, but will probably crack the stone in the process. I dunno. Most glues and epoxies will release after being boiled for 30 minutes. Not recommended or even tried, just conversation! lol :mrgreen:

Re: Stones with a base

Fri May 17, 2013 1:39 am

Just try putting a damp towel underneith the stone. Its worked sucessfully for me, just need to ring out excess water after a bit of sharpening.
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