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    My granite base is 10″ deep and 12″ wide and weighs about 15 pds. so maybe that will give you a little reference. I wouldn’t want it to deep if you set close to the sharpener but the width is where most of the stability comes from and you can make it as wide as you have room for, but you have to determine that for yourself I guess.

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    Here’s a little more reference info:  Aluminum weighs about 0.100 lbs per cubic inch.  A 12″ X 12″ X 1/2″ slab has 72 cubic inches, so the weight of paul’s aluminum plate is about 7.2 lbs.  My paper-stone bases weigh about 7.5 lbs, according to WE, and are plenty solid with the four rubber feet they come with, so the aluminum plate is probably just right.  Sounds good to me.  Don’t cut the second plate until you’ve tried it.

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