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Homemade lathe tool sharpening jig

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Project by dansnow posted 05-23-2016 10:55 PM 3979 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts





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MNclone

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#1 posted 05-24-2016 01:34 AM

Very cool. Do you just eyeball the correct angle to set?

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Mike_D_S

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#2 posted 05-24-2016 02:30 AM

Nicely done, you can take a look at the pages at the link below. A similar setup to yours, so there may be some helpful info there to help set angles and for a few other jigs to go along with your basic setup.

http://www.aroundthewoods.com/sharpening04.html

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#3 posted 05-24-2016 01:50 PM

That’s a nice shop made solution. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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dansnow

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#4 posted 05-24-2016 02:20 PM



Nicely done, you can take a look at the pages at the link below. A similar setup to yours, so there may be some helpful info there to help set angles and for a few other jigs to go along with your basic setup.

http://www.aroundthewoods.com/sharpening04.html

Mike

- MikeDS

Thanks Mike, I was wondering about the jigs for the other tools. I’ll keep that site in mind.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 05-24-2016 02:35 PM

Cool simple jig. Nice job.

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

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bushmaster

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#6 posted 05-25-2016 02:08 AM

Nice job on the jig. It will work as good as the best of them. I believe you are using the slow wet grinding side. that in itself is a great idea. If you use the high speed sid one should use a white stone.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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