A buddy of mine, Tod Evans, shared this idea with me.
It is so simple and works SO well, basically you get a round piece of fairly
and attach a piece of leather too it, mount it on something that spins, and then
you add oil and polishing rouge to the leather. Yep, that simple, but boy, oh
boy does this work.........
Ready to cut out.
Cutting a rough circle with my jigsaw (it will be trued up on the lathe
I also cut a piece of leather slightly larger than the piece of MDF,
you can also see the mandrel I bout to chuck up in a drill or on the drill chuck
on the lathe.
I needed to drill a hole 12.7 mm in diameter.
Drilled the hole and fit the mandrel
With the drill chuck on the headstock of the lathe, I tried to true things up,
but, the mandrel was too flexible, and the whole disc wobbled
I took out the mandrel, and mounted the disc on my 6" faceplate, this
worked VERY well.
I was easily able to true up the edge and the face of the disc,
but man that MDF is DUSTY to turn, notice the cyclone hose right there.....
I bought some glue that is designed for sticking leather to wood,
it is a kind of contact cement.
I let the glue sit 10 minutes, like it says on the package, then I stuck it
and pounded the heck out of it, then for good measure............
I clamped another piece of plywood on top of it and let it sit for 15 minutes or
Back on the the lathe, I trued up the edge again, cutting off a thin slice of
The minor spots of glue on the face just scraped off with the back of my razor
Tod told me to now soak the leather in oil, so I did,
he said any old oil would do, so I had some electric chainsaw chain oil sitting
I figured that it would work well. I really soaked it and let it sit, then
soaked it again.
Then after 10 minutes or so, I wiped off the excess oil, and back on the lathe
Here it is loaded with Rouge, Tod said it would make a paste, and it sure did.
So, how did it work?
Man alive did it work!! I cannot believe how well it works, I
have a bunch of chisels, they are ones that I inherited or I won on auction,
that were in fairly rough shape, and needed a lot of work. I just ground them on
the grinder, on the coarse wheel, and then went straitght to the Power Strop.
Most were sharp enough to shave the hair on my forearm in less than a minute,
Bright, shinny, and SHARP!!
Can't thank Tod enough for suggesting this, boy will this be a
After sharpening 10 chisels, the Power Strop is still in great condition.
You have to be careful how you present the chisel to the power
strop, but it did not take me long to figure that one out.
Man does this work!!