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.
- posted 17 years ago