The “Big Brown Truck” has been to my place a lot recently. That usually means the bank account is suffering and tools need to be put through their paces. There are turning chisels, a four jaw chuck, drill chuck, calipers, a pen mandrel and of course pen kits. However, none of these items have been taken out and played with. Why, you say? Well, for many reasons…. none good! Procrastination, work schedule and low energy level all come into play as my excuses. Along with the bank account running out of funds, I also ran out of excuses so it was time to play with my new toys, err put my new tools into service.
Oh CR@P!!! I can’t!!! Even though I’ve had my lathe for a while now, I have never fired it up, let alone put tool to wood. Yup, I’m a “Turning Virgin” (not to be confused with a “Born Again Virgin”). In order to use the chisels, they must first be shaped & sharpened. Like any good LumberJock, I scoured the interweb for info, plans and conflicting opinions….
A Tormek or wolverine setup would be nice….
However, with the bank account on life support, I believe a shop made sharpening station is inevitable….
I settled on a design concept and a “mental plan”. Yeah, I said it…. I’m mental!!!
I acquired the necessary components and materials.
All while getting to know the UPS driver on a first name basis!!!
Then I made up a boat load of excuses, not to finish it….
With excuses exhausted, here is what I FINALLY came up with….
8” Variable Speed C’man Grinder
80 & 120 grit wheels (shape on the 80 & Sharpen on the 120)
Shop made base/jig system
The OEM Tool Rests were used for scrapers,
and will soon be replaced. (can you say: procrastination???)
Shop Made Tool Holders….
Spindle Roughing Gouge setup….
Spindle Gouge (& Bowl Gouge) setup….
Secondary Bevel setup….
I must give credit, where credit is due….
Thank you “Captain Eddie” Castelin!!!
Although I assimilated information from many sources….
It was “Captain Eddie” that was of the biggest help.
He tells it like it is and demystifies the whole sharpening thing!!!
I shaped & sharpened my two skews on my Worksharp 3000.
Now all my turning tools are sharp. I think!!!
Won’t know for sure until I put tool to wood….
For my first attempt at “Makin’ Shavin’s” (line stolen from “Captain Eddie”!)....
I just ripped a pine 2×4 in to square stock….
First Turning Lesson….
Does this mean I’m no longer a virgin???
There were a few catches, none serious, but that is all part of the learning process.
I am happy to report that no blood was shed,
and contrary to early reports….
no hunks of wood went flying through the shop!!!
So, all is good….
Many more accessories to try out….
I obviously am in dire need of “Professional Help”....
For both my mental condition and future Turning Addiction!!!
-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow!