jig for lathe tool sharpening

  • Advertise with us
Project by RKW posted 07-19-2010 06:34 AM 9032 views 11 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just bought this grinder a couple of days ago and i built this jig yesterday. It seems to do really well with my gouges and skews. Im contemplating what to do on the other side. I have yet to figure out how to sharpen some of my other lathe tools.(im very new to turning) For some reason, i really like my roundnose scraper, but have not figured out the best way to sharpen. I also thought this jig would be good for my parting tool, but i was wrong. The concave of the grinding wheel was jacking up the shape of the parting tool. Any suggestions? I also need to get some finer wheels. Can anyone recommend what i should use and where i can get a little bang for my buck. (This hobby is hurting the pocket book)

I didnt explain how the jig works. It’s just my version of many others ive seen and i think its self explanatory. Its fairly simple, and i am totally open to suggestions from the more experienced turners.

-- RKWoods

8 comments so far

View FordMike's profile


155 posts in 3467 days

#1 posted 07-19-2010 08:06 AM

There are 1000 ways to accomplish anything, your off to a good start, try to find a white wheel for your grinder, cuts cleaner and cooler. drop me a message some time and I send you a some samples of wood I like to turn, good luck and welcome to woodturning. FordMike

View aldente's profile


175 posts in 3410 days

#2 posted 07-19-2010 02:29 PM

The jig you made is in the style of a wolverine made by oneway. For your parting tool, use the side of the wheel,with the tool laying flat on the support shelf that is located in the front of the wheel. You may need to extend the length of the shelf as to be able to grind from the side. To extend it just make a larger shelf. You can use the exsisting arm that’s already there. Your best bet is to purchase a Tormek Sharpening system with the jigs you need. That however is not cheap. I have almost everyone of thier jigs and of course the system. But I have over $1000.00 in it. But I turn alot. Right now I am making a Wine Decanter. As for all your turning tools, if you have a woodcraft store nearby they may offer sharpening classes. If you purchase a Tormek it will come with a how to video for both turning tools and every other sharpening need you may have. Including scissors, axes, knives, chisels and everything else you sharpened. You may even find a used one on Craig’s List.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

View chebeaguewoodbutcher's profile


20 posts in 3708 days

#3 posted 07-20-2010 02:48 AM

check with grizzly tools. they have a tormek like sharpening system for a lot less money including the various jigs.

-- chebeaguewoodbutcher

View a1Jim's profile


117090 posts in 3573 days

#4 posted 07-20-2010 02:54 AM

Simple but effective good job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View tyvekboy's profile


1752 posts in 3009 days

#5 posted 07-20-2010 04:30 AM

You didn’t say what size grinder you got. I got an 8 inch delta variable speed grinder that looks somewhat like yours and replaced the gray course grinding wheel with an extra fine 8 inch white grinding wheel (Rockler #28040) to it. I then got a Tormek Bench Grinder Mount (Rockler #38857 = $59.99 on line at Once you get that set up you can use most of the Tormek accessories. I plan to add a 2nd mount for the other wheel or just get another mounting base so you can use the other wheel too.

Hope that gives you some ideas.

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

View mafe's profile


11725 posts in 3085 days

#6 posted 07-20-2010 09:39 PM

Really cool.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

View HokieMojo's profile


2104 posts in 3724 days

#7 posted 07-21-2010 03:28 PM

i could use one of these!

View Dave Dufour's profile

Dave Dufour

274 posts in 1974 days

#8 posted 10-30-2013 11:00 PM

I like it, going to make one.

-- Dave, from Canada,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics