Reach for the sharpest tool in the shed, and keep it that way, with this DIY knife sharpening kit.
Is your knife so dull you can’t even cut butter? Well here is a quick and easy way to sharpen all of your knife with things you probably have in your garage You always want your knives to be as sharp as the first time you bought it, and we all know this requires having a good knife sharpening kit to make it happen.
Not to mention a set of sharpening stones can become costly. When the stones are used repeatedly, it results to a “bowl” shape. To remove this, it requires you another stone which is called a flattening stone which means it costs you another dollars to buy this. Well, here is a great cost effective DIY to accomplish all of these things!
DIY Knife Sharpening Kit
Today, we are going to create a knife sharpening kit, which will be capable of making your knife sharp enough to shave with, utilizes easily obtainable materials, and never goes bad or develops “bowl”-ing problems. This Do-It-Yourself Knife sharpening kit is simply just attaching sandpaper onto a bathroom tile. It easy to do and it works just like a sharpening stone. All you have to do is replace the sandpaper once it’s old. Materials and Tools Needed
- Container of Acetone (fingernail polish remover)
- Adhesive Spray
- 5 packs variety of high grit sandpaper (800-2000 grit)
- Cotton cloths
- Rubber bumpers (optional)
- 5 Smooth bathroom tiles
- Wax paper
When buying 5 different variety of sandpaper, the higher the grit number, the finer the sanding. You may want to use 800, 1000, and 2000 grit sand paper at least. 200-400 grit sand paper is good for sharpening knife that is really dull and dinged up. If you want to sharpen you knife to help you shave hairs off, 2000 grit sand paper is the way to go. The Process First, make sure you are in a relatively clean, well ventilated area. You do not want to be in a non ventilated area with the acetone.
Step one: Clean Tile.
Put a bit of acetone on the cloth rag to clean the bathroom tiles. You need to remove of the fuzzy material left on the tiles. Wait for a few minutes for the acetone to flash off of the tiles.
Step two: Attach Sandpaper.
Next, you want to attach the sandpaper to the bathroom tile. In a well ventilated area, spray the bathroom tile and the back of the sandpaper sheet with the spray adhesive, let them sit for as long as the adhesive suggests, then attach them together properly.
Step three: Compress and cure.
Lay a sheet of wax paper on top of the sharpening tile. Then you want to place a large flat weight on top of the to compress the sandpaper sheet onto the tile, and let it sit and cure.
Step four: Repeat for each grit you want.
Repeat this same process for the other four bathroom tiles and with the other varieties of grit sandpaper. You will want to label each tile with what grit sandpaper it has on it. This way you will know which tile you want to use depending on the condition of the knife you are sharpening. You will need to wait for at least an hour or two before start using the sharpening tiles in order for the adhesive spray to cure. Optional Addition: You can use little rubber bumpers on the bottom of the bathroom tiles. It helps stack the tiles without worrying about damaging the sandpaper sheets. In addition, it is easier to sharpen the knives without the sharpening tile moving. When changing the sandpaper from the bathrooms tiles, once it gets old or damaged, just use peel the sand paper off and remove the adhesive using the cotton cloth and acetone
Important: recommended sharpening method If you don’t know how to sharpen a knife using a sharpening stone, you will want to watch some videos to learn before trying to sharpen your knives. When you are sharpening using this kit, you only want to PULL the knife back as you sharpen it – Do not push the knife forward to sharpen it. This will prevent damage to the sand paper, and extend the life of the sharpener. Always use water as a lubricant. Since the sand paper is wet or dry type, just use water – that’s what it was made for. The 800, 1000, and 2000 will be your most used grits/tiles. Anything less than that is more used for knives that are extremely dull. Now go enjoy sharpening all of your knifes! And remember – Be careful with sharp objects! We don’t want you cutting yourself!
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I finally found supplies locally, but they were not available at any of my local hardware stores. I actually had to go to two automotive stores before I found this grade of sandpaper. I checked Amazon, just to be able to provide product links, and was surprised to find they offer this sandpaper at about half the price of what I paid.
Here are my favorite picks for supplies:
Sandpaper Pack: Assorted Grade
3M(TM) Wetordry(TM) Sandpaper, 03006, 3-2/3 in x 9 in, Assorted, 5 sheets per pack
Sandpaper Pack: Assorted Grade
3M 03024 Imperial Wetordry 3-2/3″ x 9″ Sandpaper with Assorted Grit Sizes, (Pack of 5)
Spray Adhesive : Super 77 (my favorite)
3M 77 Super Multipurpose Adhesive Aerosol, Clear 16.75 Oz. Aerosol Can
jonathan clinton says
Fyi if your in a pinch and you don’t have a waterstone layin around you can use the bottom of a coffee mug to sharpen your knives, the uncured rough ring on the bottom of the mug is hard and has a decent grit