Reply by LeeMills

  • Advertise with us

Posted on Sharpening Turning Tools

View LeeMills's profile


702 posts in 2223 days

#1 posted 01-14-2018 03:58 PM

I do about like Bill. I just use the white wheel though (<$20) and about 80 -100. It only takes about 2 seconds per side once your jig is set up. I do not hone my gouges at all and use them right from the grinder.
In comparison to your hand tools… a ten inch bowl at 1,000 rpm means 500 inches of wood is being cut every second.
A little faster than hand tools. :)
I do hone my straight tools (skew, parting, bedan) because I want them razor sharp and it is quick to hone for a few seconds at the lathe. The skew is the main one since with some cuts you want to place pressure toward the head/tails stock rather than perpendicular to the wood. This allows a clean cut with minimum flexing of small diameter items. These tools only go back to the grinder to deepen the hollow grind in order to hand hone less metal; this may be only a couple of time a year.

Others honed would be the small cutters such as the Sorby where you simply hone one face or for scrapers if you want to raise a smooth burr rather than use the “burr” from the grinder.

BTW mine is 6” wheel on a four position shop made sharpening station made in the 80’s.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics