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Forum topic by eknox1975 posted 09-07-2014 09:14 PM 706 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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eknox1975

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09-07-2014 09:14 PM

Hi I am new to wood working and turning. I have a BIG old delta lathe and some old tools that a friend gave me, yes I said gave me lol. I want to get to turning but when I do the tools are so dull they don’t even cut into the wood. I have watched a lot of videos and been lurking in here for awhile and have learned a lot. I made myself a jig to sharpen the lathe tools but my wheel is an old gray wheel and it is only 3/4 inch wide and it eats the tools up bad. I am going to buy another wheel and my question is can if I buy a 1 inch wide wheel for it will it fit? Sorry so long winded and thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 09-07-2014 09:24 PM

It depends on the grinder and the wheel. As long as you have spindle length and gaurd clearance, and if course make sure the wheel is for your spindle size, it’ll work.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#2 posted 09-07-2014 09:31 PM

Great thanks for the fast response as I am going to look for a new wheel today.

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#3 posted 09-07-2014 09:35 PM

Your getting an alumin oxide wheel as a replacement? Not another great one.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#4 posted 09-07-2014 09:37 PM

You will also want to consider grit size and friability as well as physical dimensions. Gray wheels are good for general metal work like deburring fresh metal cuts or smoothing rough welds. For sharpening HS tools, you will want a wheel that is “friable”, meaning it microscopically crumbles under load to expose fresh cutting edges. This type of wheel grinds tool steel very fast, yet does it so the tool does not so readily overheat. Often these wheels are white, some are pink.
As far as grit size, you may want two wheels, a coarse one and a fine one. The fine one might be 100 grit, the coarse 60 grit.
Do research carefully on how to sharpen the various tools. In spite of the popularity of carbide scraping tools, I still prefer a good sharp steel tool for clean, crisp, easy cuts.
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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#5 posted 09-07-2014 09:49 PM

yes I am looking to get the white wheels, would you have any advice on where to buy these at?

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#6 posted 09-07-2014 09:51 PM

also the tools that I have now are Great Neck tools so I don’t know if they are hss or carbon. I am wanting to get a new set but want to learn to sharpen on these as they were free.

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#7 posted 09-07-2014 09:56 PM



yes I am looking to get the white wheels, would you have any advice on where to buy these at?

- eknox1975

I had to order mine off the web. I don’t remember where, probably woodcraft or similar.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#8 posted 09-07-2014 09:58 PM

I’m sorry I can’t help on where to buy. I came across a “you suck” deal 30 years ago that put me in a lifetime supply of white wheels. As DonW says, you may have to go to the interwebz.
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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eknox1975

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#9 posted 09-07-2014 10:04 PM

LOL ok I was looking at woodcraft website and they have a Rikon grinder slow speed with 2 white wheels for 139. I might just get that one as my other grinder is fast speed. I just bought a bunch of wood from a guy in my town and got a bunch of walnut, cherry, poplar, white oak, and cedar and now I’m wanting to get started lol. Can’t wait.

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#10 posted 09-07-2014 10:06 PM

I got all the wood for 1.50 a bf is that a good deal or not. it is all 4/4 and 8ft.

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#11 posted 09-07-2014 10:10 PM

I just bought that rikon grinder a couple weeks ago when it was on sale for $99. Got it all set up and grinding, and I am pretty happy with it. It took a fair bit of re-aligning the wheel and washers to get it to stop wobbling, but now it runs smoothly and sharpened all my planes up real nice. See recent posts here and here.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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eknox1975

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#12 posted 09-07-2014 10:14 PM

Ok that sounds good then thanks for the pic and those planes are cool I need to get me some as I am just starting out so I have a lot to buy lol. And I like the tool rests that you made those are top notch,

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#13 posted 09-07-2014 10:24 PM

I just blatantly stole the design for the tool rests from Stumpy Nubs so you should really thank him. As for buying lots of planes, I wish you luck with your new soon-to-be addiction. I recommend the #4 first, as I’ve found it the most versatile of the lot.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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#14 posted 09-08-2014 12:36 AM

Ok and thanks for all the replies and advice. I look forward to learning alot more.

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