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Sharpening Lathe Chisels / Aussie BBQ - Video #4

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Blog entry by Don posted 02-13-2007 08:40 AM 2330 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s an interesting video made last year. It features one of Australia’s most appreciated woodworkers, Ian Robertson, better known to his Mates as ‘Robbo’. Amongst many other accomplishments, Robbo is a professional wood turner. (He spent a couple of days a few years back teaching me the basics of turning.) Robbo has one of the largest lathes in Australia. You can learn a bit more about this and him here. (When you get to this link, click on “Robbo’s Big Job’ in the left hand column.)

This was filmed at one of the regular woodworker’s get-together in Melbourne, and as always, any get-together is a good excuse for a BBQ and a few beers.

This is a large download, the video is just over 13 minutes, so, unless you have broadband, start the download before you go to bed and view it in the morning. The sound is not alway good, and the Aussie accents are thick, so listen up.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/



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#1 posted 02-13-2007 09:25 AM

Don – Great video link. Thanks. Very interesting and “off the cuff”. I’d be interested in more of these . . .

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#2 posted 02-13-2007 02:00 PM

I remember reading the article on the project you have pictured. It was a very interesting project that he had undertaken. Thanks for the video. I’ll watch it when I have more time.

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#3 posted 02-13-2007 04:17 PM

Don, I watched the video and learned how the skew with the rounded point came to be. Robbo is a very entertaining teacher to say the least. I always read that a slow wet wheel grinder was best for HSS tools, so the tempering isn’t lost due to overheating the metal during grinding. At the least, it is suggested that you dip the tool in water to cool the metal while grinding. Do any of you find this to be the preferred method?

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#4 posted 02-13-2007 10:47 PM

Robbo is a typical Aussie who likes to defy convention. I watched him turn for hours on end, literally. His grinding wheel is directly behind him when he turns. He uses nothing but the best HSS steel money can purchase and is frequently sharpening them as he turns. Perhaps as frequently as once per hour. He does it just as he demonstrated. And the wood he turns is some of the hardest wood in the world. Never-the-less, his chisels cut through this hardwood like they were butter.

I guess he’s heard all the theories, but he just keeps on turning.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#5 posted 02-13-2007 11:33 PM

What do you mean…I watched him turn for hours on end, literally. You’re suppose to be turning, too!! ;^) Come on, Don! With someone like, Robbo around you need to roll up your sleeves and turn some wood.

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