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Forum topic by Kaleb the Swede posted 01-30-2015 01:20 PM 1063 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kaleb the Swede

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01-30-2015 01:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig tip question

I just got a lathe for christmas. The tools I have are harbor freight (I know, I know). I have rigged up a sharpening set up where my old belt sander sits vertical and I sharpen my tools with that. Going slow, and cooling the tool with water. It sharpens pretty good, and since the tools are cheap I don’t worry so much about the setup. I was looking at variable speed grinders and the price, plus the wheels is pretty substantial at this point.

Question:
I was wondering is there a way to take a variable speed hand drill (which I can get cheap from a pawn shop close by) and attach a friable or some other sharpening stone to it and use it as a sharpener for now (until I can put the scratch together for a better setup)? I realize it would have to be affixed to a base of some sort. I think a drill runs at 1-2 thousand (from a quick internet search) RPMs. So this would be optimal for a slower speed grinder.

Please tell me if you think this idea is dumb or not. Won’t get mad at the answer.

Thanks,

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful


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mahdee

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#1 posted 01-30-2015 02:01 PM

Hi Kaleb,
I have had an older version of this for more than 14 years. It works great and does not heat your blades. The belt on mine went out and am looking to attempt to repair or replace it.
I also use a cheapo bench grinder to dress/sharpen my blades as well.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 01-30-2015 02:26 PM

I’ve wondered about that thing Mr. jinx. Maybe I’ll give it a go. Thanks again

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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mahdee

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#3 posted 01-30-2015 03:38 PM

Welcome.. The reviews don’t sound good on it. Sears used to make some awesome products but not any more. The one I have also has a wobbly wheel but not enough to interfere with sharpening. Also, HF has one that seems descent looking for like $80.
But I have not been able to see it on their website.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 01-30-2015 03:43 PM


Sears used to make some awesome products but not any more.

Sears never made anything and still don’t. They sell some pretty good stuff, and some pretty bad stuff, all made by other companies for different price points.

As for sharpening.. I’ve never felt the need for anything more than a bench grinder and belt sander.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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mahdee

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#5 posted 01-30-2015 04:03 PM

Thanks MrUnix. Here is the corrected comment:
Welcome.. The reviews don’t sound good on it. Sears used to sale some awesome products but not any more. The one I have also has a wobbly wheel but not enough to interfere with sharpening. Also, HF has one that seems descent looking for like $80.
But I have not been able to see it on their website.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 01-30-2015 11:11 PM

Woodcraft has the RIKON slow speed grinder on sale…..
http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/158512/Rikon-8in-Slow-Speed-Grinder.aspx

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