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Sunday, August 28, 2016

6" leather strop wheel fot $15

I've had a small stropping wheel that I bought from Woodcraft years ago, but I wanted a larger one.

After pricing 6" wheels at about $80, I decided to make my own.

I bought the thickest veg-tan tooling side I could find at Tandy leather for $35. It was about 3/16" thick. This was enough to make 4 six-ply wheels with a couple extra discs.

Using a 6" hole saw on my drill press, I cut as many discs as I could from the hide.

Caution: the hole saw frequently grabbed the leather and bound the spindle or burned the leather, filing my shop with smoke. They will be ragged, but I cleaned up the edges on the lathe after glue-up.




I made a simple caul to flatten and align the discs during gluing. Drill a 1/4" hole through two plywood scraps:



I glued the discs using yellow wood glue, three facing up and three down. Once the glue dried, I bored out the center hole and mounted it on an arbor.

I picked this 1/2"-bore arbor from HD because it was sturdy and inexpensive:
Finally, I turned the edges down on a lathe to make them square and sanded them smooth.



Final cost about $15 per wheel.