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    Aldi have got a marble cutting board on sale this coming Thursday for $12.99.
    Does anyone have any ideas on how something like this would work as a flat base for sharpening?

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    "The training of the eyes to know when an edge is perfectly straight or a surface is flat, free from winding, and straight, is a very important part of a lad's training."

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    If it's cool to the touch (ie. real marble, and not a synthetic) then it should do nicely.

    Thicker'd be better and the feet should be lost ASAP, but at that price, what have you got to lose by trying?

    You can always glue the feet back on and give it the Missus if it doesn't work...
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    Should be fine. take your straight edge with you... it might look a little funny, some guy digging to the bottom of the pile of chopping boards hold each to the light to chech for flat.
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    I just saw it in the junk mail today and was thinking it may suit the sharpening set up also.

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    Default Marble ?

    Forgive me for asking, but how are you going to use the Marble for sharpening? I am used to glueing wet-n-dry sandpaper on to thick pieces of glass.
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    Same idea as the glass -- a flat surface.
    But I'll also experiment with diamond paste on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skew ChiDAMN!! View Post
    If it's cool to the touch (ie. real marble, and not a synthetic) then it should do nicely.

    Thicker'd be better and the feet should be lost ASAP, but at that price, what have you got to lose by trying?

    You can always glue the feet back on and give it the Missus if it doesn't work...

    Is this a good idea, Skew? Don't think a marble cutting board would do nice things to knife blades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraemeCook View Post
    Is this a good idea, Skew? Don't think a marble cutting board would do nice things to knife blades.
    Great stuff for rolling out pastry, although I must admit that it doesn't really look big enough for that.

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    I cordially disagree on a few points.

    If used as a substitute for plate glass, with sandpaper attached by glue or just water, it should work well enough, as long as the feet are removed. With the feet still there, it may deform after a while.

    Granite would be better, though - much harder than marble. Diamond paste directly on marble will abrade the marble until it's no longer flat, because most of the abrasion occurs near the middle of the slab. Granite will abrade less.

    In a contest between marble and a knife, the marble will lose, unless the knife material is really soft. Even then, the marble will lose, but not as severely.

    There are many species of marble, so YMMV.

    Of course, none of us may live long enough to see any of these predictions come true. For the money, I'll stay with plate glass.

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    I rescued a marble cutting board that SIL was throwing out onto hard rubbish. - with feet. Surely it'd take a lot of use to deform and how would feet on hasten any deformation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waldo View Post
    ... how would feet on hasten any deformation?
    Flexure from downward pressure. Over several years, of course. All materials creep, even mountains.

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    As does all glass, if you use it upright.
    I make things, I just take a long time.

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    I'd just like to plug router mats here. Don't pay $20 at carbatec, you can get exactly the same thing as a bath mat or something at bunnings for about $5-7.

    They make a really nice soft base for glass or marble for sharpening as well as a soft surface for scraping or other hand work. The pressure across the face is pretty even and of course it doesn't marr the surface.

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    Another option:

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Black-Pearl-G...1%7C240%3A1318

    300 X 400 and granite. They say they can make to order, various materials. maybe if you said don't care what it looks like long as it's flat they might be able to do something for you ?
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