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12-16-2014 04:51 AM

Is there anyone in Kingsland/St Marys that can help me get my gouge sharpened? I don’t have the funds to purchase the equipment, so I was hoping someone would help me out.

Thanks in advance

-- Eric, Moundsville, WV

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#1 posted 12-16-2014 02:59 PM

Do you have a belt sander? Many turners use belt sanders to put a very good edge on their tools.

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#2 posted 12-16-2014 05:34 PM

Hello Eric,

You don’t need much “equipment” just a couple of proper gouge stones and some light “3 in One” type oil plus a little hand work. Grizzly sells two that are nice – and What also works is planing the edge of a board to match the curve of your gouge and wrapping some black carborundum “wet or dry” sandpaper from your local hardware store around it. Wet the sandpaper with water for a lubricant when honing. Start with 320 grit and finish up with 600 grit or finer. Once you get a good sharp edge you can bring it to a razor sharp edge by honing with a leather strop.

I recommend looking at the edge with a 2X or 4X magnifier to see how you are coming. Don’t stop until you can shave the hair off your forearm. That’s the true test! Yes, it takes some time the first time to get that edge just right, maybe up to an hour. After that, the touch ups are quick. And – you don’t take a chance to ruining your gouge by over heating it using a power grinder!
finish up with a razor edge.

To make a leather strop, wrap some thin leather around that curved edge of the board and sprinkle some honing compound for a super fine abrasive into the leather ( And always strop by drawing the gouge BACKWARDS.

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#3 posted 12-16-2014 06:34 PM

I do not have a belt sander, but both ideas are great…thanks for the help guys. This is why I love this board, so many ideas and ideas that are out of the box! Thanks again.

-- Eric, Moundsville, WV

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