Carving tools #9: Sharpening on the go - small tin of what you need.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 06-02-2016 11:54 PM 2748 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sharpening on the go
small tin of what you need.

I like to bring this small tin when I leave the workshop with sharp tools.
More precise when I bring carving tools and a knifes on the go.
It just joined me for a travel in Turkey and will again this summer.

Yeps nothing fancy, just a a small mint tin.
Here next to a Turkish pocket knife.

Now open, you will be surprised how much a small tin can hold.
What you see here are a flat and a round leather strap for honing.

Finger protector (in lid), wax, honing compound, cloth, sharpening stone (two sided).

Small files, iron saw piece, sharpening stone black and white one side round.
Scrapers flat and round, sandpaper grid 120-2500, drill piece for making a bur on scrapers, small knifes.

All of it.
With this kit you can sharpen most tools and make a finish on small projects.
It’s just what you need for a spoon carving set.

Hope it can inspire, or at least keep some tools sharp.

The best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 06-03-2016 12:37 AM

Very interesting…

I guess I will have to look for stuff that comes in those nice little tin cans! :)

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 06-03-2016 12:40 AM

Wow! Amazing what you packed into such a tiny space

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 06-03-2016 12:48 AM

Cool kit Mads.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 06-03-2016 01:34 AM

Wow, lots of stuff in one little box. Everything you need for a keen edge!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 06-03-2016 04:07 AM

Very interesting…

I guess I will have to look for stuff that comes in those nice little tin cans! :)

- Joe Lyddon

Altoids in the US.
Much better than Festool Systainers for organization. :-)

Beautiful post, Mads!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 06-03-2016 04:29 AM

Well Mads, you might call it a “small tin”, and it is only a few centimeters long, but somehow you seem to have found about 0.25m³ of space inside it.
Really well thought out, and it looks like you have virtually everything that you might require when you are out of your workshop. I like it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 06-03-2016 04:35 AM

The best things come in small packages.
Best thoughts…

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 06-03-2016 10:15 AM

Cool stuff Mads.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#9 posted 06-03-2016 03:10 PM

Great kit Mads. I was almost expecting to see some folded clothes and maybe a pair of shoes in there too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-03-2016 05:06 PM

It’s bigger on the inside….interesting kit!

When you’re traveling, how does this go through security?


-- Dan Krager, Olney IL All my life I've wanted to be someone. I see now I should have been more specific.

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#11 posted 06-06-2016 06:23 AM

We have Sucrets tins in the US too.

Nice kit Madts, everything you need to work with on the road.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#12 posted 06-06-2016 01:40 PM

fatman51, they look lovely, I do have a soft spot for candy tins, cool name.
DanK, it will not pass security, not even a screwdriver will now and this kit holds knifes and sharp undefinable edges, so no way, it goes in the suitcase. If you take out the scrapers, files and knifes I see no problem, perhaps even the card scrapers will go.
stefang, big laugh here, thanks.
Madts, it’s mints…
shipwright, yeps less is more. ;-)
Druid, thanks, I did wish it was a wee bigger once in a while while I was fitting it.
johnhutchinson, I ahve a few of the Altoids, for a Dane they are really cool, did a router plane that fitted in one a while back.
Jim Jakosh, yes Jim we have to stay sharp even we get older and sometimes we need a wee help.
Brit, yes you should have one for the hotel woodworking, I was actually giving you a thought in Turkey while I used it.
Lew, need is the mother…
Joe Lyddon, worst part is we have to empty these cans to use them, that can really be a tough job… ;-)
Smiles and thanks to all of you,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 06-06-2016 04:02 PM

Wow Mads, that is incredible! Great kit, thanks for sharing.

-- I never finish anyth

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