|Project by dansnow||posted 05-23-2016 10:55 PM||4694 views||8 times favorited||6 comments|
A couple years ago I picked up an old but very usable lathe. Now, to be able to get good results you must have sharp tools.
Fast forward to today. Standard bench grinders at 3500rpm are more likely to ruin than sharpen unless you have a magic touch. I could not however justify the $125+ for a low speed grinder, or the $200+ for a dedicated sharpening system for something I would use occasionally. Not to mention another $90+ for a tool holder for sharpening lathe tools.
So, I had the aluminum t-track gathering dust. About $50 for the Sharpener/grinder from Harbor Freight, $7 for handles and washers, some scrap 1/2” birch ply and some wood glue. After studying some pictures of the commercial stuff out there I went to work and now I think I have the basics of a usable sharpening system. It will all be mounted to a base and then we see how it works.
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