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#1 posted 06-06-2017 05:18 PM

Rick is right. Sharpen those things. When turning you really need a good sharpening routine because you will do it often, very often. Lots of options out there. You can go relatively cheap or expensive based on income but I can guarantee your tools aren’t sharp or don’t have an even bevel around the tip.

My sharpening is a bit on the spendy side, actually very expensive but it was a gift and I do love the thing. I use the Robert Sorby ProEdge sander. It’s literally just a belt sander with a nice platform to set at very repeatable angles. I also use it for redefining chisel angles, plane blades, etc. it’s cheaper than a tormek if you include the attachments the tormek needs but it excels at turning tools. For example, it’s right next to my lathe, when I’m turning I can stop put the tool against the ProEdge and get back to turning in literally 30 seconds, maybe less. It’s stellar

I was originally going to get the wolverine system until the wife surprised me with the ProEdge. I think that wolverine system is reasonably priced and with a slow speed grinder can do many things even outside of turning tools.

Do some research and get a good system down and you’ll enjoy the escape turning brings.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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