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Forum topic by robdem posted 11-12-2014 11:39 PM 1788 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2014 11:39 PM

Just bought the new Rikon midi lathe . Have delta slow speed grinder model number 23 700 want to know if I can use this grinder to sharpen the turning tools .It has a 220 grit stone on it . Do you think the wolverine jig would work with it .

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#1 posted 11-13-2014 01:31 AM

Sure it can be used for sharpening. I would use a lower grit stone but if you already have the 220 that is fine.

Wolverine jig is a great addon, but I use a shopmade version that looks a lot like this (though this is one I found online)

Super easy to make, take less then 10 minutes and works great.

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#2 posted 11-13-2014 03:13 AM

Congratulations, it looks like you have a wet/dry grinder.

With a water reservoir you can slow grind chisels, blades and
turning tools.

You can also make a jig like Minorhero has and or get/make
a Veritas jig:,43072,45938

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#3 posted 11-13-2014 03:35 AM

Always remember, if you can not hold the blade against the back of your hand it is too hot!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 11-13-2014 01:32 PM

I use the wolverine system. I bought the Jet (tormek knock off) and the tormek jigs thinking this would be better, but have found the wolverine to work well and quicker. I use the Woodcraft slow speed grinder with the white wheels. I really haven’t given the Jet system much of a chance and plan to retry it as I have all the jigs for it. But the wolverine works very well.

-- Bill R

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#5 posted 11-13-2014 10:48 PM

Thanks for the help guys .minorhero what grit size do you recommend for sharpening . I have to buy a stone the one on the grinder is cracked .This grinder spins really slow 70 rpms is this to slow .

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Bill White

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#6 posted 11-13-2014 11:01 PM

Look at the jig that Cap’n Eddie Castelin has on his site. Easy to make yourself.
Sharpening has almost become some exotic science. Doesn’t have to be as much as some would say.
Lots of Google stuff available if ya wanna go nuts.
Choose a system, practice, turn, practice, etc.
Sharp is good, but it doesn’t have to be a nutso process.


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#7 posted 11-14-2014 06:36 PM

I have an identical slow speed wet grinder and do not use it anymore. I found using a regular grinder (with or without a jig) is much more efficient. Having a large surface area to rest your tool helps tremendously when grinding. I have a relatively cheap set of turning tools from Harbor Freight that I have used to practice sharpening. The more you practice the easier it is.

-- Julian

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#8 posted 11-14-2014 07:33 PM

Yes I too got rid of my tormek wet slow grinder.It simply took far too long to use.I always keep my tools sharp .And now I am iused to sharpening, simply retouch the edge very lightly use either a white cool wheel, or mostly I now use my twelve inch woodworking disc sander .It truly does a resharpen (not reshapen ) the tools.If your tools edge is lost and they are out of shape then use a grinding wheel and take your time to get it back to a good shape, then freshen up the edge from there on with a disc sander.I kid you not it truly does a great job.Do not swing on the end of the tool with both feet of the ground with great sparks and flames coming from the tool edge LOL Take it easy peasy. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 11-14-2014 08:33 PM

Thanks guys for the help guess I have to make a decision on what to do also have a high speed grinder to maybe will just get some cool wheels for that one

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