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Blog entry by Jim Jakosh posted 09-03-2016 03:08 AM 2794 reads 6 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m putting this here because it is not really a wood project although it has some wood on it. I promised a friend of mine I’d make him a sharpening station for his wood turning tools. he sent me home with this new Rikon grinder he had just bought and I did the rigging so he can sharpen gouges and other tools just like the one we saw at the Lyle Jamieson’s seminar in 2005.

The grinder is a slow speed 8” grinder with 1” wide wheels. I made a plate to mount it to the bench and put 2 square tubes under it for the gouge fixture on the right and the adjustable angle table on the left. Some of the parts that were welded steel could have been made out of wood. I figured the steel would be more durable in the long run.
Cheers, Jim

I also made him a set up gauge for the 2-4-7 dimension needed to set up the gouges for the fingernail grind. The 2” is where you set the gouge in the older each time. The 4” is the distance from the center of the wheel down to the pocket for gouge holder. That dimension is built into it. The 7” is the distance of the pocket from the front of the wheel. That will change when you dress the wheel

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!



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rance

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#1 posted 09-03-2016 03:23 AM

Looks professional. Well done Jim.

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 09-03-2016 03:46 AM

Nice set up Jim. I bought a rikon grinder last winter and made a similar station. Yours looks to have all the extras. Hope you don’t mind me copying a couple ideas.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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tyvekboy

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#3 posted 09-03-2016 03:58 AM

Good write-up. Like the pictures and description. I will have to adopt your ideas. Thanks.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 09-03-2016 04:15 AM

Looks like you’re on the right path to get it to work for him…

Pic.#6 looked like the tool was upside down to the grinder… (??)

Nice grinder… must learn how to Use it…

I think you’re going to do it…

COOL

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Tooch

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#5 posted 09-03-2016 09:22 AM

Very nice setup. Ive always wondered what the best way to sharpen those is… I know my “rolling technique” on a belt sander is not it.

Cool stuff Jim!

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 09-03-2016 12:31 PM

Thanks guys. Copy anything you want. That is what I did. At the seminar, Lyle said we could measure and copy anything he had there. We made drawings of this sharpening setup and his boring bar with the loop arm and the laser.
This one is built better than mine that I use every day.

The beauty of using the jig for the fingernail grind is that each time you set it up with that 2” dimension and swing it across the wheel, it follows the exact same path as before and therefore takes off the minimum of material for each sharpening.

Hi Joe, in the 6th pic, the bottom plate is flipped on end to show the bottom tubes.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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lew

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#7 posted 09-03-2016 02:58 PM

Wow! Super nice job! Looks better than any old “commercially” made setup.

Your friend will be happy with this rig!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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luv2learn

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#8 posted 09-03-2016 03:31 PM

Thanks for posting this Jim. I will use some of your methods on mine. What grit are his grinding wheels?

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Bdobs13

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#9 posted 09-03-2016 04:35 PM

Nice setup for the grinder Jim. Is the Rikon grinder worth it? So many mixed reviews out there including on LJ. I have a Ryobi 6” with the Wolverine setup and Norton wheels…my tools look like a freaking piranha bit the ends

-- 15 hours of youtube tutorials and research for my 20 min project...might need to rethink this...be back in 15 hours

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 09-03-2016 05:49 PM

Thanks Lew, Lee and Bdobs13!!

Hi Lee, the wheels are 60 and 120 grits. The 60 is on the left. I use 2- 100 grit wheels on my grinder.That is what Lyle recommended in the seminar. I took good notes!! I never wanted to be a wood turner until he hooked me that day!!

Hi Bdobs13, I don’t know what he paid for it. It coasts a long time so there is not much friction in the bearings. I did notice some vibration when it got up to speed but that might be the wheels. I did not dress them at all either.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 09-03-2016 06:17 PM

You did a great job Jim!!!

I am pretty sure when you came to my house I shown you have Lyle Jamieson set up mine with the wolverine system and I am Very happy with it and even better after you made a wider platform for it.

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 09-03-2016 07:23 PM

Jim, thanks for a little inspiration. I was not 100% happy with the one I built last winter so I decided to do some improvements. I have different set ups for different tools but wasn’t getting that smooth clean sharpness. After looking long and hard I found my problem was the rubber feet on the grinder. It was rocking just a bit where I didn’t notice it moving set in the frame I built around it. Now I’m getting professional results.
Thanks again. This site is really helpful.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Edwardnorton

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#13 posted 09-03-2016 08:32 PM

VERY nicely done! I have viewed similar jigs online and believe that this one is about the easiest to do. Thanks for sharing!

-- EdwardNorton

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 09-03-2016 08:57 PM

Hi Arlin. I made this platform big enough for some good support too.

Hi Dave, this one has rubber feet too but they will be pretty much out of the picture when he cranks it tight on those 2- 3/8” bolts.

Hi Edward That is exactly why I build this kind. it is so simple. Lyle’s saying is ” I’m into EASY” And you don’t have to think about all kinds of setting with this one.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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peteg

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#15 posted 09-03-2016 10:23 PM

Nice set up Jim, boy there are a multitude of sharpening jigs on the market & just as many home made units in use, the point being is if your after consistency with your angles then us armatures sure need some help attaining it.
This one looks like it’ll get the job done just fine, nice instructions for any of the guys who wish to copy.
Great post mate
cheers
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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