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Blog entry by Dutchy posted 03-23-2016 09:29 PM 1026 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago I bought my lathe. From time to time I use him as a lathe (mostly he is used as a disksander) and in particular for cylinders. For making the cylinders I use TC tools with changeable knives. I also have a couple of HSS turning tools. Till now I could not sharpen them as I would like. I like the Robert Sorby ProEdge, but with a price of more than Euro 600 too expensive for me.

So last week I decided to give it a try to build my own and for me it was successful. Started with a cheap far east grinder that was bought a time ago.

Below some pictures which I hope make more clear than my text. When you want to see how a ProEdge works there is a lot of documentation on the internet for example this video

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?



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toyguy

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#1 posted 03-23-2016 09:45 PM

Looks like you did a great job of making your own sharpening unit.
For myself, I don’t like belts for sharpening. I prefer a stone. Not that there is any thing wrong with belts, just my preferance. For my lathe tools I use a grinder and a Oneway wovlerine jig. I find it works very well.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Dutchy

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#2 posted 03-23-2016 09:59 PM

Brian,
To me it looks they work in principle,the same. I have had a cheap wet grinder. For me to slow and with a very soft stone. I sold this wet grinder. Hope I made a good choice for a belt instead of a stone. The future will tell.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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htl

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#3 posted 03-23-2016 11:19 PM

Nicely done Jan!
There’s something about making your own tools and jigs that’s just so much fun.
I also love to see what others are making and get ideas.
My belt sander died after many years of service and I kept it around thinking I could make it into something and this would have been the thing BUT THROW IT OUT YESTERDAY how sad is that LOL
Timing is everything and I missed this one by a day. Sad but true.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Dee1

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#4 posted 03-24-2016 01:35 AM

Dutchy
Well done I am sure this will work fine, I really have failed sharpening and have but very few edged tools I do have a couple old stones and a couple small planes but truth be told I use them very little.
I am also sure if I would try ,my work would improve. good luck with your machine it looks like it will do a fantastic job for you.
Dee

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htl

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#5 posted 03-24-2016 01:36 PM

Dee I’m in the same boat and was going to mention it but thought not to.
Don’t like to admit to being a lazy sharpener. LOL

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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JoeinGa

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#6 posted 03-24-2016 01:46 PM

Gee Jan … is there anything you CAN’T do ???

I’m TERRIBLE at grinding my lathe tools. I’ve been thinking a slow-speed grinder is my best bet, because I have burned the edges too many times.

Great job on the grinder.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Dutchy

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#7 posted 03-24-2016 04:34 PM

Thanks all.

Dee and Bruce I,m also a lazy sharpener. But I know that special for turning work it is necessary to have sharp tools. That is why I took the time to make this lazy sharpening system. It was a week of work and I hope from now on it will be getting better with sharpening my tools.

Joe you have burned your tools many times. Do you have a tool to flatten and clean your grindstone?
Gee Jan … is there anything you CAN’T do ??? A lot Joe.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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htl

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#8 posted 03-24-2016 08:11 PM

Jan now that I’ve got the new to me SS I’ll be getting some knives for turning but better wait a bit the wifes just about to skin me for getting another SS.LOL
I just saw an old SS on CL looked to be in good shape for $125,,, turn the page Bruce you don’t need a third SS. LOL
But it’s soooo cheap. HELP!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Lazyman

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#9 posted 03-25-2016 12:31 AM

Very nice. I wish I had the tools and talent to do the metal work. I made a similar Pro-edge clone for my home made belt sander but it is not nearly as solid as this looks. I may borrow some of your ideas for improving mine.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Dutchy

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#10 posted 03-25-2016 07:32 AM

Lazyman,

Maybe you didn’t notice but there iis with the exception of the woodturning sharpening jig almost no metal work. The sturdy base I made is from 12mm thick Trespa. Trespa is a high pressure laminate. The benefits of this material is that you can shape it with power woodworkers tools. But it is also easy to make screw-thread in it, The only metal part is the sandpaper spanner, but you can do it without. The upper wheel is from the cheap P.R.C. grinder, but also this one you can make out of wood (If you have a lathe of course) The metal parts are bolts, rods nuts and bearings.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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Lazyman

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#11 posted 03-25-2016 04:32 PM

Oh, thanks. I didn’t notice the material wasn’t metal. I’ll have to look into those materials to beef up my next version.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Roger

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#12 posted 03-26-2016 12:31 PM

Very good ingenuity Dutchy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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stefang

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#13 posted 04-04-2016 04:01 PM

There are many ways to sharpen and they all work. You did a great job making this sanding sharpener and it was a good idea with the smaller wheels to slow it down.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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