Lee Valley Tools Woodworking Newsletter
Vol. 2, Issue 6
July 2008
From the Archive

Excerpt from Popular Mechanics Shop Notes, Volume 21, 1925.

Dirtproof Oilstone Box

Dirtproof oilstone box

In general practice oilstones are usually kept in a plain box with a piece of leather nailed on the cover. When honing, the cover is laid down wherever most convenient—often in dirt and grit—with the result that some dirt gets on the stone when the cover is put on again. The exposed leather strop is also a place where dirt and grit are liable to collect, and the sharp edge of a tool or knife will quickly be ruined when using a dirty strop. The illustration shows an oilstone box designed to eliminate this trouble. It consists of three parts: a holder for the stone, a holder for the strop and a cover. The lower section is recessed to hold the stone and the center piece is recessed to fit over it. A leather strop is mounted neatly on a piece of wood of the same size, which is screwed on the middle section and the cover is recessed to fit over this piece loosely. Two 5/32-in. holes, about 1/2 in. deep, are drilled in each section as shown, and 1/8-in. metal pins are provided to fit into these holes.

Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published in 1925. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.

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