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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 06:12 PM

Like others I do hone my skew because it is a straight edge and with some of the cuts you are trying to direct the force into the headstock or tailstock so the sharper the better.
For most other tools just grinding. As Fred stated, its the speed. ie A 6” diameter bowl at 1,000 rpm has 300 inches of wood coming past the cutting edge per Second. No way to keep it sharp like a carving chisel.

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