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Forum topic by Stewbot posted 08-28-2015 03:44 PM 780 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2015 03:44 PM

Im looking for some sharpening advice. After picking up a lathe I now need to look into a system in which to sharpen my tools. Right now I just sharpen my chisels with a stone. I am looking at the Rikon slow speed bench grinder and have also been looking into a sharpening wheel (turn-table style, not wet) I however was wondering what people on this site like to use between the two, and would recommend.

Also I was wondering about sharpening hand plane blades. So I know I can use either of these two systems I’ve mentioned with chisels and turning tools, but does anyone (in their right mind) sharpen plane blades on either of these types of machines, or are plane blades strictly sharpened with wet stones, and other non-machine methods? I do not use hand planes now but would like to in the future, and I’ve only seen the blades worked on wet stones. Basically I’m just curious if one of these two machines can work all three types of tools.

Also any sharpening tool recommendations would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 08-28-2015 04:57 PM

Work Sharp. Will do both. I have the 2000 model (higher speed) and sharpen wood chisels and plane blades with no issues. My grit goes up to P1500.

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#2 posted 08-28-2015 06:58 PM

I use the grinder for rough dressing and sharpen the plane blades on a jig made with scrap wood. The turning blades are done by hand; no setup required. A set of cheap diamond knife sharpeners, sand paper and arkansas white for a mirror finish.


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#3 posted 08-28-2015 07:54 PM

I use a slower spinning grinder with the finer stone. As seen here.

The folks at Craft Supplyhttp:// are really good to talk to and can walk you through the various grinders, stones, and sharpening jigs. They aren’t merely sales-types but they use their products and can provide great advice.

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#4 posted 08-28-2015 09:49 PM

I dislike sharpening systems in general. I think they cost too much (good for the manufacturer and bad for the woodworker). I bought a drill doctor, but found that I can sharpen my drill bits better using the freehand method on a bench grinder; so much for sharpening systems. I find I can sharpen most any tool freehand, but it takes practice to get it right. Lathe chisels, especially are easy to sharpen freehand. My experience in sharpening comes from my metalworking skills. I need to sharpen tool bits and drill bits all the time. That is a skill first taught to every machinist. Once you have that skill, it’s easy to sharpen anything. I use diamond stones for everything. My tools are always sharp, whether it is for wood or metal.

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#5 posted 08-29-2015 01:40 AM

Thanks for the replies. I will probably try to spend some time trying to get the hang of free hand sharpening for lathe tools and chisels first before I buy any jigs. I’m sure it’s a steep learning curve, but I think it will be worth it to have the skill in the end. I guess I’m just deciding between a slow speed grinder and the work sharp type tool. My budget will probably choose for me in the end.

Thanks again.

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