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 Post subject: Finding a flat
PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:32 pm 
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What’s everyone using as a flat?

I’m having a helluva time finding something.

Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Finding a flat
PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:35 pm 
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geetarman77 wrote:
What’s everyone using as a flat?

I’m having a helluva time finding something.

Thanks.


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Sorry if I'm a bit dim... Flat what, Finish?


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 Post subject: Re: Finding a flat
PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:38 pm 
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Oops I’m sorry. A flat to hone my blades. Chisels, plane irons etc


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 Post subject: Re: Finding a flat
PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:41 pm 
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Cheap import granite reference plate. The ones about the size of a sheet of paper cost about $40 or less. Larger costs more.



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 Post subject: Re: Finding a flat
PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:03 pm 
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I found some granite for free at a store that cuts countertops. They cut out the spot for a sink and often toss the piece.


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 Post subject: Re: Finding a flat
PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:14 pm 
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I went to a marble countertop place and they just let me have an offcut.


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 Post subject: Re: Finding a flat
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Just get a good piece of 1/4" or 1/2" float glass. It will work fine, and is dead flat.

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a flat
PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:55 pm 
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I went to a glass and mirror place and they had an off-cut of 3/4" float
glass 12" by 20" with a few chips on one corner and got it for ten bucks.
One of the best investment I've made.

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a flat
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I have both of the options mentioned above (granite and float glass). Not sure why, but I prefer using the glass.

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a flat
PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:52 pm 
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Does a flat make b sharp?


Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a flat
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I got a piece of plate glass from a shop that I used to get glass and mirrors from. I told them what I needed it for, and they asked what size and thickness, cut it from a larger scrap, ground the edges, and wouldn't take a nickel for it even when I offered to pay. A lot of these places are more than happy to see a piece of scrap get put to good use.

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a flat
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:25 am 
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Woodcraft 28 $ surface granite plate . I find using glass a real pita. I have an off cut of granite from yard sale but it/s not dead flat good for cambered planes


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