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 Post subject: Lapping a balsa strop?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:27 pm 

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I just got some balsa and 1 micron diamond paste to use in stropping. I want to lap the balsa so it's really flat, and I can do that with sandpaper over glass. But I'm worried about grit from the sandpaper getting embedded in the soft wood and thereby ruining the intended effect.

Wet/dry paper seems like it's more stable, but still grit seems to always be working it's way loose.

Is there some other way to lap balsa? Or am I worried about nothing? If sandpaper is the way to go, what brand and grit size should I use? Should I use it wet, first, to dislodge any loose grit and then let it dry out before using it on the balsa?

Thanks for any tips,
Jack


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 Post subject: Re: Lapping a balsa strop?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:43 pm 

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Honestly, I have never worried about it. I just load and go, it has always seemed flat enough and if not works itself flat pretty quick with use.


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 Post subject: Re: Lapping a balsa strop?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:27 pm 

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Location: San Diego, CA USA
Don't think you need to worry about the balsa block being perfectly flat like a stone. But over time you may want a fresh surface, especially if you use compounds like diamond paste on it. I use a small hand plane to shave off the top layer.

See this thread where this was discussed a few months back, how-do-you-know-when-to-replace-a-balsa-strop-t12272.html


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