Sharpening

Knowing how to properly sharpen your tools is the first step to improved quality of work.

 

Illustrated Guide to using a Wolverine Vari-Grind Jig New Woodturning Articles by Kent Weakley
By: Kent Weakley
Kent wrote this article to help you to make the Wolverine Vari-Grind Jig work for a variety of bowl gouge sharpening grinds. The article is wonderfully illustrated to help you know exactly how to set up your Vari-grind jig.

 

What Woodturners Need to Know about CBN
By: Marvin Fretwell
CBN is a new type of sharpening for some woodturning tools. Marvin has written an excellent description about CBN so you can learn about it.

 

Cheap Sharpening System - DIY
By: Josh Bowman
In this article, Josh shows us how to build his DIY sharpening system. It is meant to be a low-cost starting place and will get a new turner up and turning with properly sharpened tools in a short time. This system is based on many woodturner’s opinions and the King Heiple design.

It includes an angled platform for scrapers and bits. It also has a double pocket arm for skews and a single pocket arm for gouges of all kinds. This system shouldn't cost more than $10 to $15 to construct. It can be even less if the scrap bin is used. This article has wonderful drawings and a materials list. This is one of the best DIY sharpening articles that we've seen!

 

Why I Like Cupped Carbide Cutters Fee-based Woodturning Articles by John Lucas
By: John Lucas
Coming from a flat woodworking background, I was familiar with carbide cutters and how they improved on edge holding for volume work. Naturally I tried things like metal cutting carbide cutters and router bits in my woodturning to see if they were any good. They did work at holding an edge and actually cut wood but it wasn’t as clean as I could get with a freshly sharpened HSS turning tool. Even out of the box they didn’t cut very cleanly. If you tried to sharpen them, the carbide particles were simply too large and fragile to take a really keen edge.

 

Upwards Turning Grinding for Sharpening Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Paul Rohrbacher
By: Paul Rohrbacher
The question to be answered is “what is the best way to sharpen your woodturning tools“? The criteria of this article is safely sharpening by removing the least amount of material on your tool. In this article, I show how and then discuss why you might want to consider changing the direction of your grinder.

 

Everything that you ever wanted to know about CBN Wheels Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Reed Gray
By: Reed Gray
Well, by now, most turners have heard about them, and they are taking the sharpening part of our world by storm. The reasons are many, and after a few years of answering questions on the turning forums, I haven't heard any new ones pop up. Well, at least not lately, so it is time for me to finish this article.

 

Bowl Gouge Grinder Setup
By: Rudolph Lopez
This one-page article provides a template for setting the proper angles on the Vari-Grind leg position for sharpening your bowl gouges. This is a very handy template for 40 and 60 degree gouges.

 

Negative Rake Scraper
By: Rudolph Lopez
This one page article gives you a few notes on Negative Rake Scrapers and then has a template that you can use to set up your grinder for sharpening them.

 

The Art of Sharpening
By: Eric Lofstrom
In this article, Eric shares his knowledge on how to sharpen your turning tools. He talks about setting up your grinder first and then goes into sharpening methods. Lastly, he goes through each of the turning tools and explains how to sharpen that tool.

 

Sharpening the tools
By: Jesper Bay
In this article, Jesper explains how to sharpen your lathe tools. He talked about freehand grinding and using mechanical aids. He also talks about how to achieve the correct grind.

 

Make your Grinding Jig
By: Jean Michel
In this article, Jean Michel shows us a collection of photos of the grinding jig that he has made to sharpen his turning tools. And then he provides us with a pdf document containing a set of drawing for all the components of his system.

 

Grinding Wheel and Abrasives Basics
By: Georgia Grinding Wheel
This is a great article on grinding wheels including the new CBN wheels. It talks about specs, types, colors, sizes, hardness, structure, bonds and more. It has everything that you need to know about grinding wheels.

 

Sharpening Demystified
By: Kirk DeHeer
Excellent article to help you understand sharpening of your woodturning tools. The article provides techniques that will help you to sharpen your tools reliably.

 

Sharpening Turning Tools
By: Peter Wright
Peter shares some tips on sharpening using the Wolverine system from Oneway.

 

Learn to Sharpen Progressively, Part 2
By: Alan Lacer
This article is an excellent primer in how to sharpen tools. Alan provides everything that you will need to know to keep your tools sharp.

 

Learn to Sharpen Progressively, Part 1
By: Alan Lacer
This article is an excellent primer in how to sharpen tools. Alan provides everything that you will need to know to keep your tools sharp.

 

Making a Honing Disk
By: David Reed Smith
The article is an image from the original publication which explains how to make your own lathe-mounted honing disk. This will be good for both your turning and carving tools.

 

Making your own homemade Shapening System
By: David Reed Smith
In this article, David shows you how to duplicate the sharpening system that he has built. This system has a built-in cooling system and has jigs to hold your tools at the proper sharpening angle. The sharpening system is a horizontal system and uses a aluminum sanding disk. David shows how to set it up to sharpen all your tools.

 

Sharpening Woodturning Chisels - Part 2
By: Jon Siegel
In this article, Jon discusses sharpening, which he defines as the routine maintenance of the perfect edge. He will take you through his search to figure out the best way to sharpen our turning tools.

 

Sharpening Woodturning Chisels - Part 1
By: Jon Siegel
In this article, Jon teaches us about tool point geometry so that we understand why a tool is sharpened the way that it is and how that affects the way that it behaves.

 

Making the Gouge Sharpening Jig
By: Stan Harder
In this article, Stan shows us how to make a metal jig to hold our turning gouges. He includes a list of the materials and tools that you will need to complete this jig.

 

Make your own Fingernail Sharpening Jig
By: Chas Jones
In this article, Chas shows us how to make our own sharpening jig which is similar to the popular Wolverine system. He even includes dimensional drawings so that you can get it right the first time.

 

Poor Woodturner's Sharpening Jig (Build your own)
By: Jerry Hall
If buying a sharpening jig is outside your budget, then you may want to make your own. In this article, Jerry explains how to make your own jig.

 

Sharpening Jigs and Safety
By: Jim Rodgers
In this article, Jim talks about the proper way to safely use sharpening jigs. If you use a sharpening jig for your tool sharpening, then you may want to read through this article to see if you can pick up any tips.

 

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