Free 173 Best Homemade Tools eBook:  
Become a founding member: 500+ tool plans, full site access, and more.

User Tag List

Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: DIY Rock Tumbler - I use it for Stonewashing Knives

  1. #1
    Knife Maker
    Supporting Member
    JKeetonKnives's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    74
    Thanks
    29
    Thanked 193 Times in 37 Posts

    JKeetonKnives's Tools

    Thumbs up DIY Rock Tumbler - I use it for Stonewashing Knives

    This is a system that flexes your belt sander to tumble knives in rocks; in order to achieve a stone washed finished like this blade here:




    DIY Rock Tumbler:


    How to Stone Wash a Knife:


    Cheers,
    JK


    173 Best Homemade Tools eBook
    J. Keeton
    "RedBeardOps" on both Youtube and Instagram
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/redbeardops
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/redbeardops/

  2. The Following 7 Users Say Thank You to JKeetonKnives For This Useful Post:

    DIYer (Sep 15, 2019), Drew1966 (Sep 16, 2019), high-side (Sep 17, 2019), Jon (Sep 14, 2019), Philip Davies (Sep 17, 2019), Spira Knives (Sep 15, 2019), Tooler2 (Sep 22, 2019)

  3. #2
    Spira Knives's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    8
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 36 Times in 6 Posts

    Spira Knives's Tools
    Well done! I‘ve just built myself one, too but I‘m using a drill to power it.
    What I like most about stonewashing is how simple it is. You can buy a real tumbler with expensive ceramic media but you could also put the knife in a box with stones you just picked up and shake the hell out of it - results are pretty much the same

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to Spira Knives For This Useful Post:

    JKeetonKnives (Sep 15, 2019)

  5. #3
    Knife Maker
    Supporting Member
    JKeetonKnives's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    74
    Thanks
    29
    Thanked 193 Times in 37 Posts

    JKeetonKnives's Tools
    Aint that the truth!
    J. Keeton
    "RedBeardOps" on both Youtube and Instagram
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/redbeardops
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/redbeardops/

  6. #4
    Content Editor
    Supporting Member
    DIYer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    3,076
    Thanks
    665
    Thanked 1,627 Times in 1,459 Posts


    Thanks JKeetonKnives! We've added your Rock Tumbler to our Knife Making category,
    as well as to your builder page: JKeetonKnives's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




  7. The Following User Says Thank You to DIYer For This Useful Post:

    JKeetonKnives (Sep 16, 2019)

  8. #5
    Supporting Member high-side's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Posts
    143
    Thanks
    2,327
    Thanked 73 Times in 49 Posts
    Nice Job. You could probably cut up a bicycle inner tube and use rubber adhesive if the rubber bands don't hold up long term.
    Pat

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to high-side For This Useful Post:

    JKeetonKnives (Sep 17, 2019)

  10. #6
    Supporting Member Philip Davies's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Reading, Berks, UK
    Posts
    560
    Thanks
    692
    Thanked 759 Times in 242 Posts

    Philip Davies's Tools
    Thanks, J! This is very helpful. I don’t make knives, but forge other items, some of which I polished in a small lapidary tumbler, which broke down after not a lot of use. I certainly like the stonewashed effect! So I am keen to make something similar to yours. Do you find yours noisy? I couldn’t stand it running on my sander, but think I shall use my Tormek.

  11. #7
    Knife Maker
    Supporting Member
    JKeetonKnives's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    74
    Thanks
    29
    Thanked 193 Times in 37 Posts

    JKeetonKnives's Tools
    Very good idea! Thanks
    J. Keeton
    "RedBeardOps" on both Youtube and Instagram
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/redbeardops
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/redbeardops/

  12. #8
    Knife Maker
    Supporting Member
    JKeetonKnives's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    74
    Thanks
    29
    Thanked 193 Times in 37 Posts

    JKeetonKnives's Tools
    Hey Philip, It does make some noise. Similar to if you were lightly shaking the container by hand. Almost like a "rain maker". Works best a low speeds. I'm also thinking of adding some baffles to aid mixing.
    J. Keeton
    "RedBeardOps" on both Youtube and Instagram
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/redbeardops
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/redbeardops/

  13. #9
    Supporting Member
    Join Date
    May 2020
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    hey man, where did you get the stencils for your makers mark?

  14. #10
    Knife Maker
    Supporting Member
    JKeetonKnives's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    74
    Thanks
    29
    Thanked 193 Times in 37 Posts

    JKeetonKnives's Tools



    173 Best Homemade Tools eBook
    J. Keeton
    "RedBeardOps" on both Youtube and Instagram
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/redbeardops
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/redbeardops/

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to JKeetonKnives For This Useful Post:

    high-side (Jan 31, 2021)

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •