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bigJohninvegas

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#1 posted 01-14-2018 05:05 PM

As you can see from the few previous replies. There are many ways to sharpen. So sharing what I have read in the past. It seems that sharpening beyond 180 grit may create a fragile edge that will dull faster. For that reason, I chose to stay at 180. Seems to work well for me.
I too am using the wolverine jig. I started with a norton 60 grit for changing the profile when needed. typically a one time profile change if needed at all, or if you drop the tool and take a chunk out of it. And I had a norton 180 grit wheel for sharpening. Now I have switched some time ago to a 180 CBN wheel for sharpening. I so rarely use the 60 grit that I can’t justify the price of a CBN.
The norton wheels are soft, and I had to use a dressing tool frequently to keep them true.
Here is a link to a good review on CBN wheels.
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3742

Also Here is where I bought mine. Woodturners Wonders.
https://woodturnerswonders.com/
Its been a few years ago that I bought the radius edge wheel. It is performing like the day I got it. I do wish I had got the mega square edge wheel instead of the radius edge. I have had a bigger need for the square edge over the radius edge. But that has just been my personal needs. The radius edge handles all my turning tools just fine, but I have learned that with the square edge I could be sharpening some of my larger forstner and maybe even some router bits.

-- John


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