Sharpening thoughts

Hi all. How to get shot without really trying? Here goes.
I read several messages lately about sharpening stones, grinders,
sanding belts and so on. Most messages read like "what should I buy?"
Where are the Scots when you need them? While I have a grinder that has
done a good job, I do not like to (a) jury rig for sharpening on someone
else's set up for a demo, (b) undo and lug around my grinder and jig, or
(c) spend money.
So I took my 3" x 24" belt sander and flipped it over in my bench vise
and blew all the wood dust out of it. I rigged a pivot point for my
sharpening jig and installed a 50 grit belt on the sander. I got as good
an edge as any I achieve with an 80 grit wheel on my grinder. The next
trick is to rig a holder for the sander that clamps to a bench top for
demos, a simple set up.
1) jigs are great for sharpening (yes I can free hand, no I do not like
2) beginners do not want to spend more after the lathe and tools
3) beginners do not care how they get an edge as long as it is
consistent and sharp
4) people who insist on one particular sharpening set up either spent a
lot on it and need to justify the expense or they wish to sell you one
5) pros sharpen in a myriad of ways and just want to get back to turning
Any one interested in what the jig will look like when done? It may be a
while as I have a ton of stuff to do before I get to play.
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Darrell Feltmate
Darrel, I'd be interested in seeing your jig when it's finished. I have an old "Jiffy" portable benchtop belt sander taking 2 x 36" belts, I paid $25 for at an auction a few years ago. I've gotten many hours out of it and it shows no sign of wearing out. I make my own belts from large rolls I purchased at an industrial salvage place, because I, too, don't like to spend money unless I really have to.
Haven't used it much for tool sharpening yet except for my skew chisels, but would like to see if it would work for all my tools.
I think I'd want to use the backside, so the belt goes up. And I can keep the front side for general use. I would add another platen for the backside, the frame of my sander makes it easy for such modifications.
Ken Grunke Coulee Region Woodturners, SW Wisconsin
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Ken Grunke
Ken I think I have the thing figured out but I have to be away for a week starting Sunday so it will be a bit before I get it done. I will get it up on the web site then.
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Darrell Feltmate
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Owen Lowe
Ken I represent myself and my own opinions. It does not mean I do not respect other opinions nor do I disrespect the idea that one may profit form from those opinions and expertise.
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Darrell Feltmate
Darrel, take off your collar and turn wood, not the other cheek.;) Thanks for your many caring, broad minded and professional opinions and instructions that have been enjoyed and of real help to us. Arch, the plonked
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For additional gas on the fire......... I'm still having great success sharpening freehand using the 1x42 inch belt sander. I will also say that jigs and (possibly more appropriate) fixtures have their place, too. They can give you impeccable repeatability, etc. But - then again - you'd be amazed with what you can do on a 1x42 inch belt sander, especially honed afterwards - my word, its almost scary sharp.
Best Regards// Safe turning to my fellow addicts of the lathe,
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