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The "I'm Not Worthy" Project Log #5: Grinding Out a Turning Tool Sharpening Station

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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….

The Specs:
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….

Rough going….

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! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?



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patron

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#1 posted 216 days ago

seems you are getting closer
to actually doing something
that spindle is a good start

i’m guessing you still use the card table
with some rusty hand tools
to make these jigs and accessories

how long before the curtain goes up

keep us posted son
so we can get some more popcorn

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 216 days ago

Hey there, Dad.
The shop is coming along slowly….
Summer was very busy, then we were straight out during the fall.
That kept me out of the shop for the most part.
Then Mother Nature decided to be a “B” and team up with Old Man Winter!!!
The last week things slowed down and finally allowed me some shop time.

Much to learn, many projects in store and shop upgrades are coming!!!

I hope you have been able to make some progress on your shop!
I am excited to read your next shop update blog….

Take care my friend and stay warm & safe!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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JL7

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#3 posted 216 days ago

Those are some pretty fam dancy sharpening jigs there Randy…...not bad for being mental….and the spindle is looking impressive…....

Really great to see those tools in use…..and maybe a sense of accomplishment huh??

Nice work….............enjoy.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Vertigo

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#4 posted 216 days ago

Looks great randy. Hopefully the plowing lightens up a bit so you can some more turning time. You gotta make lathe jig that mounts in the trailer hitch. A power inverter and you can turn in between salting runs. I think you’re mental enough to make it work.

By the way the mental comes from Long Island bro. Even though you’ve left, the effects of Brookhaven lab last forever

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 216 days ago

Jeff,
A sense of accomplishment….
YES, with more to come!!!
I just hope you keep all the snow in your neighborhood.
So I can get some shop time!!!

The sharpening jig was a concept….
That evolved, morphed really, as I went along.
There are a few tweaks to be done…
But, it does the job.

The spindle was my first time turning ANYTHING….
There is so much more to learn and skills to gain.
If I don’t improve, I will go mental!!!

Thanks for the kind words & encouragement!!!
Stay warm buddy….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 216 days ago

Greg,
Thanks….
For calling and confirming me mental!!!

I like the idea of a hitch mounted lathe….
Maybe a mini lathe would be more appropriate!!!

Brookhaven National Lab could be to blame….
That or Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant!!!

Have you rested up from the storm???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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lightcs1776

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#7 posted 215 days ago

Randy, looks great!!! Awesome start. I really like the jigs for sharpening the tools. I’ve seen the CPT’s videos. He has a lot of great information. I’ll have to search for the jig instructions.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Vertigo

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#8 posted 215 days ago

Yea I have. we might be getting hit with one more Saturday and another Monday. Well see. I gotta leave for work in about a half hr. But I’m off for the weekend unless it snows :-/

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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Dave

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#9 posted 215 days ago

Randy has got the bug.
I got cap’s tip sheet and it has sum kewl stuff in it.
If ya want it let me know and I’ll send it to you.
Looking good and the jig is impressive.
Turning is a hobby that you can finish the project soon after you start it.
i love that part.
Check these guys
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5JHV0RLR0uQLdWHVpmCe-g
http://www.youtube.com/user/haydenHD
This one is a must see Sharpening Turning Tools by Gary Gardner
and
Woodturning: Custom Tool Making
Enjoy Randy
I am happy for you.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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lightcs1776

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#10 posted 215 days ago

Dave, I would definitely like to pass that tip sheet to Sherry. I’ll pm you my email addres, if you don’t mind sharing.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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DIYaholic

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#11 posted 215 days ago

Chris,
Thanks.
There is plenty of info on the jig….
I’ll try to post links, that I have used.
BTW: Sharing is what this site is all about!!!

Greg,
We will be hit by that same storm system…
1” of snow predicted here for Saturday,
Monday is still yet TBD….

Dave,
Thanks, for the kudos and the links.
The tip sheet would be great. Do you need my email, or do you already have it???

If I’ve got the bug….
Is there a cure?
Do I want to be cured???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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lightcs1776

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#12 posted 215 days ago

You do not want a cure. The cure would be worse than the disease.

I love how folks are willing to share, but I never want to take y’all for granted,

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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DIYaholic

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#13 posted 215 days ago

You can take us for granted….
Just be sure to use & abuse us, while you do!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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stefang

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#14 posted 215 days ago

Nice work! A really great sharpening station build. This is still the best way to go with HSS tools. A Tormek is good, but only for refining a pre-ground profile because it takes forever to grind HSS on the Tormek.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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StumpyNubs

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#15 posted 215 days ago

Now that’s just cool.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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