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Woodturning #1: New Bench Grinder

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Blog entry by PhilipR posted 01-15-2008 04:56 PM 1292 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My new bench grinder came in yesterday. Having done very little research before purchasing my lathe, I hadn’t realized just how expensive all the extra necessities were going to be; heck, I didn’t realize how much more I would have to buy before I’d be ready to start turning. Needless to say, I haven’t had the opportunity to sharpen my tools once since I purchased them in November and as a result have done very little turning on my home lathe.

After the bowl turning class I took last weekend I took advantage of a 10% off deal and purchased a bench grinder and wolverine sharpening jig. If I can get my habit supporting work done early enough this evening I will try to make it out to the shop to set everything up. I even bought a couple bowl blanks in order to try my hand at my first “at home” bowl turning.



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GaryK

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#1 posted 01-15-2008 05:56 PM

After testing the wolverine sharpening jig why don’t you give us your first impressions?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-15-2008 06:07 PM

I need a bench grinder is this one any good?

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#3 posted 01-15-2008 06:34 PM

getting excited :)
Sounds like it is going to be a fun time in the shop :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 01-15-2008 06:38 PM

Heck, write up a review.

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#5 posted 01-15-2008 06:48 PM

yah.. use the new “review” feature!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 01-15-2008 07:13 PM

A review sounds like a good idea. I’ll be sure to have my camera on hand so I can take a few pictures during the process. Thanks for the suggestion!

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#7 posted 01-15-2008 09:06 PM

REVIEW PLEASE?????

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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PhilipR

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#8 posted 01-15-2008 09:39 PM

Dominic – The bench grinder that I purchased (Shop Fox M1107 6”) was $69.99 from my local woodworking shop. I bought it because it is the exact same model that we used during the class I took at that same shop and it seemed to do the job well. You can see it here.

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#9 posted 01-16-2008 11:52 AM

Philip, you are right, seems that every tool you buy has accessories that need to be purchased to go with it – but I think that any hobby is the same way, and this one is fun and rewarding.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#10 posted 01-21-2008 05:58 AM

i took a spindle turning class some years back, the teacher said any time spent sharpening is not wasted. You could totally tell the difference sharp tools made. I still wish I was better at sharpening. As far as catches and tear out. There is a lot of that as you get used to the tools and how to use them, we also learned with the skew – an unforgiving mistress if ever there was one. I have a grocery bag of the practice pieces I made in that class, not pretty. I understand our need and desire to just “get it” right out of the gates.

Just keep practicing. I hope you can find enough free wood to keep turning down to nothing.
For now, don’t try to make anything but shavings.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#11 posted 01-21-2008 03:13 PM

Interesting info.

-- Jiri

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