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Old 07-09-2017, 05:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, so I bought a lathe and a bunch of chisels from a guy on Craig's list, some of which are very nice. I dont have room for a grinder. What are my choices?
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You need some type of 'system' to sharpen nd they all take up some room. A (slow speed) grinder with a Wolverine style jig (bought or homemade) is one of the most common.

If you have a belt sander that can easily be converted to a sharpening system. I've also heard of folks turning their lathe into a disc sander and using that to sharpen.
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You can always sharpen by hand with something like a diamond stone. That is what I do.
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You can sharpen by hand with a diamond file. I have the three piece set of DMT diamond files. They are nice and do a great job. I spent a few $$$ and bought a Rikon low speed grinder on sale at Woodcraft. I also bought the Wolverine grinding jig that is mentioned. I wouldn't turn without either one- grinder to shape and take off metal quickly. The diamond files to touch up the edge. Good turning!
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Old 07-10-2017, 11:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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if it came with a face plate, you can put a piece of sandpaper on it and sharpen that way. Even a cheap grinder is better, but this can do in a pinch.
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Old 07-10-2017, 12:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you don't have room for a grinder, invest in some carbide tools instead.
No sharpening needed, ever.
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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FWIW, I made a disk grinder for the lathe, using a faceplate. The problem is you have to take off the turning and put the FP on the lathe. See #4 for my setup. I keep the grinder on the TS top which is about three steps from the lathe. I can sharpen while turning so I always have a sharp tool. I think if you look real close, you might find room for a grinder.
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I just hand sharpen my lathe chisels on my disc sander. It works perfectly for me.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:22 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm not going to get into what or how to sharpen - however, as time goes on you will learn that sharpening is one of the most important things you will do if you really want to turn nice pens. I have seen people who struggle to turn - it wasn't so much the way they were doing it but it was the tools they were using. Dull tools are one of a turners biggest nightmares.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:42 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I have a little belt sander that I use for sharpening knives. A good steady hand or rest to keep the angles constant works perfectly for me. Once I hit it on the sander, I run a ceramic stick across it to knock off the burr. Be careful not to overheat the steel and use a light touch with a fine paper. Pressing harder doesn't work better.

The caveat to all of this... It works great for me. I do want to warn you that it does take a bit of practice, so I would start with some cheaper chisels to practice with.

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