Sharpening your woodturning tools - equipment you will need
|Woodturning tools work hard - ploughing through hard wood at 30 miles per hour or more - so they need sharpening frequently. Cutting time between sharpenings is measured in minutes even with the finest high speed steel tools. A good grinder setup is essential for every woodturner and it is vital to learn the skill of sharpening before you can enjoy the woodturning..
|Click here for a list of the grinding products, jigs etc that we stock plus prices.
(1) First you need a Grinder
(2) Adjustable grinding table for getting the bevel angles consistent
This adjustable metal rest will help sharpen all the different tools
to the correct angle. The slot for a mitre fence (perhaps for skew chisel
grinding) is very useful as you can make wooden wedges (only two or three
needed) to drop into the slot when needed to save frequent fiddling with
the angle of the table.
(3) Upgrade at least one wheel to a Woodturner's grindstone
The grey wheels which come with the grinder are not good enough for your expensive tools. The blue wheels are better than pink which are better than white.
(4) Wheel dresser
Every grinding wheel needs dressing periodically and the multiple diamond
matrix dresser does the best job with the least effort.
(5) Don't forget eye protection!This flip-up helmet protects your face and eyes and is very comfortable to wear.
Woodturner's sharpening Manual
This book is packed with really useful sharpening
Only £3.95 post free in UK.
Copyright 1991 Roy Child. Revised 2002. HTML version Aug 2003.