jig for lathe tool sharpening

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Project by RKW posted 1453 days ago 3753 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

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#1 posted 1453 days ago

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

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#2 posted 1452 days ago

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

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#3 posted 1452 days ago

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

-- chebeaguewoodbutcher

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#4 posted 1452 days ago

Simple but effective good job

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1452 days ago

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

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#6 posted 1451 days ago

Really cool.

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

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#7 posted 1450 days ago

i could use one of these!

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Dave Dufour

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#8 posted 253 days ago

I like it, going to make one.

-- Dave, from Canada,

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