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#1 posted 07-09-2017 01:07 PM

Welcome to the message board!

Think anyone of those lathes will serve you well. There are lot of tool brands on the market today that were not around twenty years ago. Don’t know what to tell you cause don’t know whether want to turn mostly spindle or bowls or budget.

Sharpening turning tools takes a light touch but friable grinding wheels are best for all types of turning tool steels. Friable wheels come in blue, pink, and white might find them locally Camel & norton seem to be biggest suppliers for woodturners. I use norton 80 grit 3x K hardness for sharpening and 46 grit for changing bevel angle & repairing tool edge. Cannot buy friable wheels in my town so here are the vendors I use.

https://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/Grinding-Wheels-C20.aspx

http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=packard&Category_Code=sharp-n3xw

You can get a free catalog from Packard Wood works and Craft Supplies calling their toll free numbers. See See Packard linked above.

https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/b/39/Craft-Supplies-USA

You might consider a sharpening jig if not consistent with your sharpening. Regardless of what folks say not a good idea to blue turning tools when sharpening no matter what kind of steel.

If need and want inexpensive tools check out Harbor Freight or Penn State Industries.

-- Bill


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