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Forum topic by Tommyturner posted 12-28-2015 03:20 PM 748 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2015 03:20 PM

I have a bunch of Forstner Bits both large and small. (3-1/2” to 1/2” ) and would really like to be able to sharpen them
Any tips and techniques?


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#1 posted 12-28-2015 03:23 PM

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#2 posted 12-28-2015 05:40 PM

Cap’n Eddie posted a video on touching up Forstner bits several years ago. His stuff is pretty clear and I hope this helps you.

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#3 posted 12-28-2015 06:24 PM

Lots of patience, and watching Capt Eddy’s video!

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#4 posted 12-28-2015 06:42 PM

Those also work well to quickly touch up a lathe tool in between sharpening and round ones for the flutes on gouges.

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#5 posted 12-28-2015 06:57 PM

Take them to a sharpening service.

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#6 posted 12-29-2015 12:05 AM

I use these and use them the same way as capin eddie vid.

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#7 posted 12-29-2015 12:44 PM



Cap n Eddie posted a video on touching up Forstner bits several years ago. His stuff is pretty clear and I hope this helps you.

- Don Broussard

I watch Mr Castleton quite a bit and have gotten many useful tips from him.
I just watched him with the Forstner Bit…thanks

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#8 posted 12-29-2015 07:17 PM

The diamond hones are fine and I use them. However my favorite way to sharpen Forstner bits and other small cutting tools is to use a diamond disk in a Dremel tool. http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=diamond+disk
The disks last quite a long time and occasionally they are on sale. That’s when I buy a bunch. The diamond disks do the job very nicely and quickly.

Planeman

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