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Forum topic by thelt posted 10-19-2009 02:01 PM 1851 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2009 02:01 PM

I have been sharpening my roughing gouge on my belt sander but that’s not getting the sharpeness I want. I also have one of Rocklers three piece sets that has, what I recently discovered, is a bowl turning gouge a parting tool and a skewing tool. All these need sharpening. I can’t afford a nice expensive sharpening jig. Anybody have any ideas that may solve my dilemma? I do have a 6” Bench Grinder if that helps. My belt sander is a Craftsman 6’X48” with a 9” disc sander.

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#1 posted 10-19-2009 03:24 PM

turning tools are usually sharpened on a grinder. I used to have the wolverine set which is pricey but lost it in a fire. I find that I can get satisfactory sharpness by hand but I think that the key is a fine wheel and slow speed. The grinder I use has variable speed and I believe it is a Task Force from lowes or Home Depot whichever carries that brand. the wheel I use is the fine one that comes with it. I do believe that exact angles vary some what with people probably due to differences in tallness and weather you or standing or sitting which I think only a few turners do. Hope that this helps.

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#2 posted 10-19-2009 06:39 PM

Could you problem with the belt sander have anything to do with the coarseness of the grit? I would try a finer grit and see if that helps. I use a 6” grinder with a medium pink disk on one and a finer white disk on the other side and with practice it does the job.
If you search around there are lots of idea for “home made” devices to hold the tools for sharpening on a grinder. There was one posted just a day or two ago on this site.

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#3 posted 10-20-2009 04:02 AM

The ability to produce a sharp edge on a tool is a very important aspect of turning. Unfortunately there is even less uniformity of method in sharpening than there is in turning itself. If the opportunity can be taken to watch a variety of turners’ sharpening tools, either at demonstrations or on videos, it will be seen that some very different methods are used. Hardware Tools

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#4 posted 10-20-2009 04:19 AM

Try and search for sharpening tools.

There a bunches of videos there.


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#5 posted 10-20-2009 04:29 AM

Here is what I made,
Poor mans tool

poor mans tool2
Just get a fine white wheel and a diamond wheel truing tool, truing the wheel is very important I had a heck of a time before I did, I lost all my lathe favorites so if i can locate them I will post the plans I used.
Here is a good site for info,


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#6 posted 10-20-2009 01:41 PM

Very nice jig, Mark. That’s something I think I can do. Thanks

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