Shop Improvements #6: Bench Grinder Toolrest

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Blog entry by wolflrv posted 12-12-2011 11:00 PM 9506 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Made this little grinder toolrest to sharpen my lathe tools. I’ll probably still build the wolverine type jig too, but needed this first. Also included in this post are a couple of shots of the set of lathe tools and draw knife, I got for $10 at a garage sale, as well as my new mini set. I know I’ll probably need other stuff, but figure this will get me started. Most of the lathe stuff I plan to do will be part of building more model cars and toys, so it’ll be mostly small projects. I also have a new HF mini-lathe. I’ll get pics of that in a day or so, hopefully with something decent turned on it!!

Here’s the pics…

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 11:04 PM

Very Cool Wolf. I want to see you lathe.


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#2 posted 12-13-2011 12:46 AM

I have the same set of Craftsman Lathe tools. They aren’t the best around, but if sharp they’ll get the job done! For ten bucks, that’s a steel.

And a draw knife in good condition, too—-any maker marks on it?

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 12:09 PM

I’m working on getting them sharp…seems I have as much to learn about sharpening as lathing. No real experience in either one…LOL! There are no maker marks on the draw knife that I can find, but it seems solid enough still. I’ll probably clean it up by hand and then do some research on best way to sharpen it.

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 07:44 PM

Looks like a great tool rest. Well done. I started to get into turning a few months ago. Sharpening lathe tools is still a challenge for me. I’ve had good success at sharpening the skew chisel, parting tool, and various scrapers, but I’ve had almost no success with gouges. I am well on the way to concluding that the wolverine jig, or something similar, is a requirement for them.

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#5 posted 12-14-2011 03:27 AM

I determined a long time back that anyone that is determined to be a good lathe person has decided to become a good tool sharpener.

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