|Forum topic by thechipcarver||posted 03-16-2015 11:13 AM||932 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
03-16-2015 11:13 AM
Ok, have a question.
I’m a woodcarver but I have thought about getting into turning. I have a Wilton mini variable speed lathe that I bought about 10 years ago and have never used. Well, I take that back, I used it a couple of times when I first got it. I stop using it because I thought the motor was burnt out. I got it out the other day just because I was bored and it seems to be working fine.
So, I dug out the old lathe tools that I had and they are in need of sharpening. I have looked on here, youtube, etc. and found ways of sharpening them. My question is, “If I sharpen them to a sharp edge, could I use a buffing wheel to keep the sharp edge?” Instead of using a grinder everytime.
The reason why I ask is that when I carve, I don’t use a stone everytime. I use a strop to keep the edge. Unless I chip or damage the blade in some way, I don’t use a stone.
Any advice or direction would be great, thanks.
-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."