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Posted on Sharpening lathe tools with a grinder

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#1 posted 08-11-2012 01:59 AM

Picked up a cheapo harbor freight 8” grinder. I ran it in the store to make sure it wouldn’t dance all over my shop. I often ask to test stuff at HF before I buy it and they are always cool with it. It took me 3 tries, but I got one that runs true. I made my own little table and “wolverine” style jig. While I was at HF I bought some cheap HSS turining tools so I could practice sharpening. I marked them with a sharpie and set my jig. Got it right on the first shot! I sharpened the 1” gouge and tried it out. It cut waaay better than a gouge that cost me twice as much as the set of 8 tools I just bought to practice sharpening on!

I then took the 3/4” gouge right out of the HF box and took it to the lathe. Pathetic. I really had to work to make chips. I took it to the grinder, made 2 passes, then took it to the wood again. Chips were flying over my head as soon as the gouge kissed the wood (hard maple). I sharpened up the rest of my gouges and shut the lights out.

That monkey is off my back for now. What did people do before the internet?

Also as a side note, That Windsor design 8 piece HSS lathe tool set from HF seems pretty decent. I bought it with the intention of ruining them on a grinder while I figured out how to sharpen. Now that they are sharp, I’m wondering why I spent so much money on gouges. I guess time will tell.

Next turning project – tool handles for the cheapos! The ones on there are actually nice, I just don’t like the ergonomics.


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