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Posted on What's a good way to keep lathe tools sharp?

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 11:54 AM

You will need a way to grind the edges for sharpening – grinder, belt or disc or lathe disc sander, etc. If you think about, or calculate, the # of feet/min a lathe chisel is cutting, I think you will understand the need for grinding the edge. Stropping can work for a touch up – I use a leather wheel sometimes, but it doesn’t last as long as the original edge. There are carbide insert type tools for wood that typically are not resharpened, but they are for rough cutting – the surface finish is not nearly as good ass a sharp HSS tool.

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