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LeeMills

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#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.

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