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#1 posted 03-04-2021 02:16 PM

The “standard” in the turning world is 8” slow speed grinder, Al oxide or cbn wheels, wolverine with varigrind jigs. There are other brand jigs and shop made – see Capn Eddie. Advantage of wolverine/varigrind is the amount of support from everywhere for how to get specific grinds. Al oxide wheels work just fine, get cbn later if you turn a lot. Belt sanders work fine but require a lot of user setup unless an expensive “system” is used, and a lot less “help” available for the newbie.

I use an 8” low speed grinder and a Grizzly tormek copy with tormek jigs – had the griz before starting turning. It is excellent for resharpening gouges, useless for shaping. Mush less material removal for each resharpening – actually excellent for students since mistakes are less harmful – use secondary bevels for clearance and reduce material the wet grinder removes. I use the bench grinder for non-gouges and shaping gouges.

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