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Forum topic by Nick_R posted 10-06-2012 08:14 PM 2902 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2012 08:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question chisel lathe

Jocks….... My birthday is coming up and my wife keeps asking me ” What do you want?” What I want is a great tool sharpening system for my lathe chisels. I watch these videos on You Tube and see those Skews and Gouges peel back so quickly and efficiently. I have sharp tool envy.

There seems to be so much info and preferences I can’t wade through all the data. So, since time is short, and I need advice I am turning to the wood turning oracles for opinions..

Please help..

Thanks guys and girls.

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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#1 posted 10-06-2012 08:35 PM

Check out capneddie.

Here’s some of his video’s.

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#2 posted 10-06-2012 09:21 PM

I have the Grizzly 8” wet stone sharpening system and I’m just figuring it out for my own lathe tools. For awhile I didn’t turn anything because my lathe was a piece of crap. Now I have a Nova Mercury with bed extension and I have to get this thing set up. I’ll be watching your thread here to see any links for my own use. If I find anything in my own searches, I’ll be sure to come back here and share the knowledge.


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#3 posted 10-06-2012 10:31 PM

I have been using a Sears 6” bench grinder & wolverine basic system + Vari grind jig for many years. Might look at 8” bench grinder ¾ HP and 1” wheels if buying a grinder today. Many folks like the Woodcraft 8” model when goes on sale comes with friable (white) grinding wheels. Even when not on sale pretty good op.

Penn State has a wolverine clone for about same price not sure how good.

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#4 posted 10-06-2012 10:38 PM
You can email him and ask about gouge sharpening at:
This will be the last sharpening system you would need, and priced accordingly.
The accessories will sharpen your entire house, shop, etc.

Good luck on your choice Nick_R!

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#5 posted 10-06-2012 10:44 PM

Another vote for the wolverine system: built like a tank, and does a nice job.

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#6 posted 10-07-2012 02:09 PM

I did use my belt sander without jigs when first started out except for multi faceted bevels did okay. Have seen several homemade jigs for various styles of belt sanders and people swear by them. Probable least expensive method of sharpening your tools.

I believe bench grinder about the most economical way to sharpen wood lathe tools consistantly. A sharpening jig will give you consistency every time go to the grinder. Only advice on buying a bench grinder is buying locally. If get a bad one easier to return to store for a swap or refund, without paying shipping and restocking fees. You will also need a wheel dresser to keep wheels clean.

I use this single point diamond wheel dresser to keep wheels clean. Many people like the T-style diamond dressers, shop around for best price.

Only recommend Woodcraft’s 8” 1725 bench grinder if live near a store because it comes with white friable wheels. Not sure if their grinder and Wolverine set up good, deal or not, does beat shopping around for everything you need.

Grit of wheels to buy pretty much up to you. Currently running 100 grit wheel for touch up sharpening and 46 grit wheel for repairing and changing bevel angles. If buying only one wheel for touch up sharpening buy a fine grit 80, 100, 120 or 150 wheels.

I have used OEM grey wheels, and friable white, pink and blue wheels to sharpen my tools. I like Norton K wheels because little harder than normal white wheels, but other manufactures offer white or pink K wheels too. Can usually find CGW (camel) K wheels cheaper than Norton. Shop around for bargains.

-- Bill

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#7 posted 10-07-2012 02:11 PM

Wet grinder nice but expensive to buy and maintain for just woodturning tools. Takes longer change bevel angles on a wet grinder, not sure much different time wise for re-sharpening tools. Cost of replacement wheels and jigs more expensive. If have more than just woodturning tools to sharpen wet grinder might be worth expense.

I am not a big fan of Worksharp or J-tool for sharpening turning tools unless good at free hand sharpening. Expensive to buy and maintain and not many jigs.

-- Bill

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#8 posted 10-07-2012 06:39 PM

The Tormek is an excellent machine – I used one for two decades. However, I’ve sold this to go ‘Scary Sharp’, which is a low tech, low cost approach which provides mirror smooth finishes. I posted a comment about this last night, on Lumberjocks.

Everyone has a favorite approach, and there are times to use power tools rather than the manual approach. My recommendation is to try an inexpensive solution, first; then, if you want to go with a power tool approach, your conscience is clear.

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#9 posted 10-07-2012 08:42 PM

get the Easy Wood tools they are the cats meow

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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