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Clarkie

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03-30-2016 04:38 PM

Good afternoon fellow woodmen and wimmens. I am looking for some simple feed back on the CBN wheel for sharpening. How does it perform and are you able to actually get a good edge even being a novice sharpener? Where is the best place to purchase one, and do you need to go to the 8” or is the 6” sufficient? I have found them from 179.00 to 69.00 for the 6”, I’d appreciate any help and instruction that is available. It’s one thing to watch a video and then it’s something else to hear from one who is fresh into sharpening. I tried the Tormek and even though I did my best, I still felt the edge wasn’t the best as compared to the guys in the videos.


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cdaniels

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#1 posted 03-30-2016 04:43 PM

i’m a new turner (about 2 years). I used an 8” rikon slow speed grinder with standard wheels for a while, ruined a bowl gouge when a wheel blew up on me and scared my wife into buying my cbn wheels. I bought them from the site below, same set that I linked and it blew my mind how much of a difference it makes. smoother to sharpen, cleaner edges, no heat buildup and they NEVER wear out. I will never be able to say enough about how happy I am going with cbn wheels, I would never go back to anything else. Definitally worth the purchase.

http://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/radius-edge-cbn-wheels/products/cbn-wheel-pair-80-and-180-grit

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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putty

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#2 posted 03-30-2016 04:52 PM

I got the same set for Xmas. I’m a novice turner and always have had trouble sharpening. I have the rikon slow speed grinder also with the wolverine jig. Tools are getting very sharp and its a joy to use sharp tools. I mostly use the 180 grit. The wheels run very true.

-- Putty

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#3 posted 03-30-2016 05:12 PM

Here is a link to the review I wrote over two years ago …

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3742

Wouldn’t do anything different if I were purchasing today.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 03-30-2016 09:29 PM

I’ve only been turning for a year and a half, and I can honestly say that the CBN wheel has had the biggest impact on my abilities. I also have the Wolverine jig. The repeatability is incredible, and if you can’t consistently sharpen your tools you can’t become a better turner, IMO.

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#5 posted 03-30-2016 09:30 PM

+1 for Ken at woodturnerswonders !!!!

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Clarkie

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#6 posted 03-30-2016 09:54 PM

First of all thank you all for your responses. I have found a site that offers 2 wheels for 99.00 each. You get a 6” wheel with a 1/2” hole. Now, beside the wheels, do I get the Wolverine sharp jig, and then I should be good to go, right? I have a 3450rpm grinder, many have said speed doesn’t really factor in, whether high or low, and it has a 1/2” arbor.

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#7 posted 03-30-2016 11:44 PM

Hey Gerry, thanks for forwarding your review it was very helpful.

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cdaniels

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#8 posted 03-31-2016 02:01 AM

speed is more a factor for the old style wheels because the heat ruins the tempering on your tools so they won’t hold an edge if they get overheated during sharpening. with cbn wheels it won’t be as much an issue. not all CBN wheels are created equal though, keep that in mind. you should have the wolverine and the varigrind. it does get a little expensive to get set up in the beginning but if you get the good stuff you will never have to buy them again!

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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bigJohninvegas

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#9 posted 03-31-2016 02:02 AM

i purchased the 180 grit wheel from woodturnerswonders.com last year after reading the review from the TheDane.
It is working perfect, and I believe it to be the best lathe accessory I have ever purchased.

-- John

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TheFridge

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#10 posted 03-31-2016 02:09 AM

A bunch of enablers in here. Guess I need to save my pennies.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Clarkie

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#11 posted 03-31-2016 02:53 AM

Do any of you guys sharpen your plane irons or chisels with these wheels? Thanks again for all the feed back, huge help.

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#12 posted 03-31-2016 12:55 PM

I don’t know anything about CBN for sharpening tools but I can tell you that in my last job all of the gear grinding we did was done with those wheels (just a lot bigger).

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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RichCMD

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#13 posted 03-31-2016 01:03 PM

I bought the a set of CBN wheels and a Rikon grinder from Ron Brown at the Woodworking Show in Baltimore in January. This replaced an older grinder with old style wheels that I seemed to constantly have problems keeping in balance. I love the new set up. I find it is much easier and faster to sharpen my turning tools with the CBN set up. So far, I have used this exclusively for turning tools.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#14 posted 03-31-2016 01:40 PM

Do any of you guys sharpen your plane irons or chisels with these wheels? Thanks again for all the feed back, huge help.

- Clarkie

Only if they are HSS (or harder). I have heard that carbon steel will clog CBN wheels.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#15 posted 03-31-2016 02:56 PM

I purchased my CBN wheels from woodturnerswonders also after reading TheDane’s review.I couldn’t be happier.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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