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ToddJB

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106 days ago

I have an 8” slow speed grinder and I am wanting to buy a grinding stone that I can use for lathe tool sharpening…. but I would like it also to rough shape hand plane blades.

The 60 grit white aluminum oxide wheels seem to be the choice of the hand plane folks, would this work for lathe tools as well, or is it too coarse?

I ideally would like one wheel for both purposes.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built


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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 106 days ago

I have a 120 grit white aluminum oxide wheel on my 8” slow grinder from woodcraft. Works great for lathe tools.

-- Allen, Colorado

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tomd

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#2 posted 106 days ago

I also use a 120 grit white on a 8” slow speed grinder.

-- Tom D

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HorizontalMike

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#3 posted 106 days ago

Have you considered a belt sharpening system?

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3179

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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ToddJB

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#4 posted 106 days ago

Thanks guys. How do you think a 120 would do in putting a camber on a plane iron?

Mike – that looks like a nice set up. I had not considered it.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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Rick M.

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#5 posted 105 days ago

The downside of only having a higher grit wheel is that grinding takes longer and the steel heats up faster. I have 60 grit wheels on all my grinders but I’d like to switch one over to 80 or 120 for touchups.

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mileskimball

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#6 posted 104 days ago

I shelled out for an 80-grit CBN grinding wheel, and I have to say I love it. No grinding dust, perfectly balanced and true, never needs dressing, always ready. Sure, it was north of $200, but I anticipate not having to buy another grinding wheel for a LONG time. (Unless I give in and buy a 120-grit CBN wheel to go on the other side of the grinder!)

-- Miles

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TheDane

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#7 posted 104 days ago

I bought a pair of CBN wheels (80 and 180 grit) ... despite Dad’s advice (never fall in love with something that can’t love you back), I love them!

See: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3742

-- 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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bobasaurus

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#8 posted 103 days ago

Wow, not having grinding dust sure sounds great. Might have to look into them… does the grit last a long time?

-- Allen, Colorado

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TheDane

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#9 posted 103 days ago

I have only had them about three months, so I can’t answer from my own experience. My suspicion, however, is that I’ll get years of use out of them. I know other turners that got them when they first came out a year or two back and everyone I know of is still happy as a clam.

-- 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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mileskimball

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#10 posted 103 days ago

I’ve had mine since about September, and it’s just the same as it was the day I got it out of the box. And I turn quite a bit – probably 10 hours a week.

-- Miles

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Fred Hargis

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#11 posted 103 days ago

Is there a favorite among the CBN wheels available? Looks like they can be had from several sources.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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TheDane

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#12 posted 103 days ago

I got mine from Ken Rizza at Woodturners Wonders (see: http://www.woodturnerswonders.com/#products ). I gave $249 for the pair.

-- 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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ToddJB

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#13 posted 103 days ago

Ha. Well this thread was side tracked. The CBN wheels look awesome, but that is much more than I’m looking to spend right now, I’m just getting into turning, so I first need to see if I enjoy myself enough to drop that kind of cash…

But please feel free to discuss these for the benefit of others.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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mileskimball

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#14 posted 102 days ago

Todd,

It’s one of those pay me now or pay me later kinds of things. A good aluminum oxide wheel will set you back $40-50 at least. If you’re going to be doing this a lot, the outlay for a CBN wheel might be cheaper in the long run – with better performance. Plus there’s time: I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent futzing with out of balance grinding wheels over the years. I actually like sharpening tools, but I’d rather turn than sharpen, and I’d rather sharpen than fiddle with my grinder.

-- Miles

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TheDane

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#15 posted 102 days ago

Miles—My sentiments … exactly!

-- 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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