Stoning Gage Blocks
Blocks may be checked for burrs with a gage block stone before wringing.  A gage block stone
 with serrated grooves is recommended because it gives a better "feel" for nicks and burrs that
 catch the edges of the serrations.  Badly nicked surfaces will click as a nick passes along the
Helpful Hint:  Gage block stones may pick up foreign material that may embed in the grain of
 the stone.  These foreign particles may scratch the blocks.  Gage Block Stones should be
 conditioned before use.  This may be done by lightly rubbing the surfaces of two stones
 together in a figure-eight pattern.   Clean the stones with kerosene before use.
Stoning Gage Blocks.

Will stoning a gage block change its size?  The answer to that question is No.....and Yes.  It
 depends largely on the condition of a block.  A block in good condition will not be affected by
 light stoning.  The purpose of stoning is to remove portions of the block that have been raised
 above the true gage surface by nicks or scratches which can contribute to more variation
 during calibration or large readings.  Stoning will remove this small amount of raised material.
 Repeatability of readings is improved, and sizes appear to be truer to their original tolerances.
 Blocks will wring together better.

1. Stoning is to be performed only on used gage blocks where the surface finish may be
    degraded by scratches or small nicks.
2. Make sure the stone is clean and dry--free from any dirt or abrasive compound.  Abrasives
    on the stone may lap the block and significantly alter its size.         
3. With a light amount of pressure, stroke the block across the serration two or three times.
   (Forward, back, and forward.)   It is not recommended that more than light pressure be used
   unless necessary to remove nicks and burrs.
4. Listen and feel for nicks and burrs that might be present. If the block glides easily across the
   stone without a scraping sound or clicking or jumping across the serration, then stop.  Flip
   the block over, and repeat on the other side.
5. If nicks and burrs are detected, repeat the procedure but not more than twice more.  The
   pressure may be increased each time as needed to try to remove the nicks and burrs.  Use
   not more then seven strokes per session. 
6. If repeated attempts are unsuccessful at removing the burrs, examine the block for damage.
   It is not likely a block would be wringable in this condition.

Rusted Gage Blocks.

The condition of rusty blocks may be greatly improved by stoning the blocks after the stone has
 been wetted with kerosene.  While this may temporarily improve the utility of the block, this will
 not permanently remove the corrosion or halt its advance.

1. Take a cotton swab and dampen it with kerosene.  
2. Wipe the stone with the dampened swab.  A film of kerosene should be seen on the stone,
    but the stone should not be dripping wet.
3. Stone as before, using whatever pressure is necessary.  It may be necessary to be quite
    aggressive to remove the corrosion.
4. If the corrosion cannot be removed after repeated tries, then the block is considered to be
5. Keep the stone dampened as the kerosene evaporates.

Stoning Pressures.

1. Light Stoning:       	  1 to 1.5 lbs pressure
2. Medium Stoning       2.5 to 3.5 lbs pressure
3. Heavy Stoning         More than 6 lbs pressure

©2008, Webber Gage Division, The L. S. Starrett Co, Cleveland, Ohio , 44145