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#1 posted 05-07-2017 10:35 AM

When you pick up any turning tool have to know the bevel angle of the tool before can make any adjustments if necessary. My homemade $0.50 angle checker nothing more than two school protractors with nut & bolt thru the centers doesn’t get much use these days. Mostly used on new tools when first get them, and changing bevel angle if need too. Lets me know angle on the tool before even going to the grinder and make a quick check after grinding!

Here are some plans for making homemade sharpening systems! Sharpening jigs will give you repeatability at the grinder every time. Sharpening systems & jigs not perfect due to couple things; but learning curve is a lot quicker giving you one smooth bevel.

Most production and many amateur turners freehand sharpen without any difficulty. Already said being a degree or two off no big problem as long as have a consistent bevel without lot of facets. All you need is a light touch and smooth tool movement on the grinding wheel. Same thing can be said about sharpening system & jigs.

-- Bill

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