Sharpening station wet grinder (Thormek, Sheppac, Jet, whatever). #1: Fitting Tormek profiled leather wheels on a Scheppac (for dummies)

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Blog entry by mafe posted 08-19-2010 04:44 PM 9377 reads 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Fitting Tormek profiled leather wheels on a Scheppac TIGER200S watersharpener.

And preparing them for use.
Ok some will ask why! And the answer are simple I could not get hold of a Scheppac wheel…

So if others are having the same problem:
What do you do when you are set up for woodturning, and want’s razor sharp irons, for the job?
You buy a watersharpening system, it’s fast and easy, and makes really razorsharp edges.
This was all wonderful for me until I realized I could not get hold of the leather wheels that fit…

This can’t be to difficult can it?

Uncrew and the rest will be a walk in the park yeahhh!!!

Just put this! But! Merde!!! Wrong size!!!

Ok I realized I had bought a different brand but they wrote that the tools fittet both. Guess this do not go for the leather wheels… The Thormk are 12mm mount and the Scheppach are 8 mm.
Yes, I know – read the manual, so I did… 12 mm and 8mm – no it will not fit!

So I started out with a thread extender, and some tools, not for woodworking…
Took a thread extender with 8mm inside, and turned a 12mm outside thread, and cut it in the lenght I needed, in this way I had solved the first hurtle, with a fine little adapter.

First step was solved – here you see the adapter in the mount.

And the same again…

My next problem was that the knob would not fit on the outside also now, so all I had to do was to mount a 12mm wingnut… This I had bought the other day in Paris, so all was a matter of seconds, untill I discovered that I bought a 10mm… HELP ME!!!
So I had to bore it out, and cut a new thread inside, now in 12mm.

So now it’s a fit!

And again…

And action:
First mounting the mount from Tormek.


First leather disk mounted.

Second leather disk mounted.

Wingnut on.

Now time to prepare the discs.
First you wet them in machine oil (I used some spare from my Vespa scooter), this should make them last much longer.

Then they are applyed the ABRASION PASTE.

And here we go, one in U-shape and one in V-shape.

Ready for those turning irons.

Hope this could be usefull to someone like me, if such a poor guy exist out there…

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 05:39 PM

well done there mads ,

now you can make things for your new bride .

and she is a beauty !

the best to you both .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 05:43 PM

Escuse me for laugh loud Mads
not over the troubles you have had with it, its great that you are so clever :-)
and can solve those isues and setbacks
no I laugh becourse you have such a wonderfull humor in your text
this is one of the toturials I will have to remember where I read it
just in case I ever had a problem like this (just in case)

thank´s for taking your time to post it as a picturebook for Dummies :-)
have a great day Mads (you just made mine)


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#3 posted 08-19-2010 08:22 PM

Where there is a will there is a way

I applaud you for your patience

-- When you know better you do better.

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Tony Strupulis

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 08:30 PM

At least you are in Europe where you can readily find metric threads!

-- Tony -

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 09:40 PM

Hey mads! At least you have a nice machine, I still struggle along with a normal bench grinder. It is tough in Africa…....
Nice photos and engineering as we’ve already learnt to expect from you!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 08-20-2010 03:24 AM

Very good and well thought out solution. I need something like this, but will have to wait. Can’t afford that type of sharpener just now.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#7 posted 08-20-2010 09:17 AM

I thought this was the blog that would never ben read, the usless blog that dissapear into the endless amount of data on the internet… The blog to end all blogs, the final count down.
But I can see that it at least broughts some laughs…
So perhaps I have to end my blogs ‘hope this can be to some laughs to all of you’.
Patron: I make me smile, I can hear it has been hard for you to get her out of your head, but I fully understand, since I meet her, I had the same problem… Thank you.
Dennis: I’m happy to make your day, now I will wait for you to make mine… Ok, I can allways read my blog again.
Cher: Yes, this is so true, and I’m a real donkey sometimes…
Tony: Yes, I would have probaly had a heart attac if it was a inch thread instead, and then wich kind.
Div: I love this machine, I have only used it on planes and schisels, and they truely become razor sharp, really easy, and are easy to resharpen, my biggest problem are that I dont have room for it, so I have to take it in and out to use it, but thats kind of luxury, yes.
Doc: when there are a little money, I can recomend this one, it’s equal to the Tormek and the bigger Scheppach, but much cheaper. But remember to get the right leather wheel…
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#8 posted 08-20-2010 01:20 PM

Good work Mads. Those leather wheels should be very useful for sharpening you carving chisels. The water wheel is very easy on your tools and will probably give you a sharp enough edge for most of your turning tools, except for your skew chisel or what we in Norway and perhaps in Denmark call a ‘skrå meisel’ which should be sharpened finely and honed with leather. I have heard a lot of good things about the Scheppack sharpening machine. Enjoy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 08-23-2010 12:03 AM

now you can get back to turning! :D
always very detailed and easy to understand :)

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#10 posted 08-23-2010 01:00 AM

Thank you Flemming, sorry we did not get the chance to meet this time, but I’m still down with fever, will go to the hospital tomorrow for blood tests.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 05-16-2011 12:55 AM

I see very sharp tools in the near future, nice.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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