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#1 posted 07-12-2011 07:21 PM

Hi Wayne, You’re correct about not normally doing much grinding on carving tools. Unless one is chipped, or you need to do some repairs or shaping on unsharpened or used tools, you should really only require honing to maintain the edges. If you want another possibility for power honing, you can consider buying or making a basswood or maple wheel to match your requirements. The catch is – you need well honed tools if you make the wheels.
These 2 wheels are available from . . . . . . and with a bit of honing compound they will keep your tools sharp. You just need a motor that will rotate the top of the wheel away from you as you work.

The carving club that I belong to has a wide flat wheel with a leather band (try a leather belt blank from Tandy Leather) covering it as our final strop. Just make sure to skive the joint carefully to get a flat surface.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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