Hand Sharpening

I'm looking for a book on hand sharpening. I use water stones on my chisels ( with a guide ) but just got a lathe, and will be faced with sharpening gouges, slew chisels, and whatnot. Guess it's time to learn to sharpen without a guide.
Anyway, hoping for suggestion of a good book available from/thru Amazon. Also, one on basic lathe operation is probably a good idea as well.
Thanks for your input.....
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http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p2991&cat=1,43072,43091&ap=1
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I generaly don't worry about it too much, my hands aren't that dull.
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I strongly recommend the Lee Valley treatise on sharpening as has already been mentioned.
Also, do a Google search on "scary sharp"
Having said that... I recently purchased the WorkSharp system, and with the exception of a couple small complaints, it works VERY well for lathe tools and just about everything else in my shop.
Best of luck!
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Sharpening lathe tools is a bit of journey.. But a fun one.. I prefer videos to books.. Picture worth a thousand words.. Unless your set on learning from a book, you might check out some of the videos available for free on youtube.. I've rented several how-to videos on the subject from Smartflix.com too.. Just easier to understand.. I think.. You'll find there are many ways and many preferences for sharpening lathe tools. You'll have to find the ones you like and work best for you as your skills develop.. I have water stones but save those primarily for chisels and plane irons. I prefer a harder more durable stone like DMT dia-sharp diamond stones for touching up lathe tools and a grinding wheel for shaping.. Good luck.. Lathes are a bit intimidating at first but with a little experience they become really fun..!!

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sharpening+lathe+tools&search_type=&aq=0&oq=sharpening+lat

On 1/24/2010 8:17 PM, rich wrote:

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I second the Leonard Lee book on sharpening. None better written.
For basic Woodturning, I recommend Woodturning: A Foundation Course (New Edition) (Paperback) Keith Rowley (Author)
Also a video available done by him.
Places a high emphasis on safety.
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I'm not entirely sure you need one. But if you do, or if you just want one anyway, Leonard Lee's is the best around. Maybe Leon Kapp's, if you really want to know waterstones 8-)

IMHO, turning tools should be solid HSS these days, and you sharpen that on a big powered wet wheel (the worm drive grinders are cheap), not by hand. You don't need the same quality of edge you'd want on a bench chisel.
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I have a copy of this one and I like it:
Sharpening: The Complete Guide (Complete Guides) Jim Kingshott ISBN:     0946819483 Publication Date:     1994-05 Publisher:     Sterling Pub Co Inc
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On Sun, 24 Jan 2010 20:17:27 -0800, rich wrote:

Sharpening a HSS gouge by hand, especially one with a fingernail type profile, is extremely difficult. Not impossible, but you'll grind away a lot of metal learning to do it.
I finally broke down and bought the Wolverine sharpening jig. There are others out there that are similar. The first time I got a perfect single facet bevel all the way around my superflute bowl gouge I just stood there admiring it with a big grin :-).
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For sharpening anything, get the Lee book as others have recommended. I keep that one in the bathroom bookcase for ready reference. Ron Hock has a new book out (since Christmas) that I am sure is worth looking at. I have not seen a copy yet. Check his site for info.
Second the Scary Sharp suggestion. That's my go-to method for about everything except lathe tools and fish hooks.
Take a look at the Wolverine lathe chisel jigs made by Oneway. I bought this when I got my first lathe. They work well. I still use the rest, but mostly freehand now. You can find sites that show how to build your own if you spend a couple minutes on Google. You might get some additional response if you also post over on rec.crafts.woodturning for turning questions.
Regards, Roy
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On Sun, 24 Jan 2010 20:17:27 -0800 (PST), the infamous rich

Leonard Lee's the man to see. http://fwd4.me/CmZ Amazon, or http://fwd4.me/Cmb eBay.
Or just Google "Scary Sharp". It's the bee's knees. http://www.woodbutcher.net/scary.shtml Great reprint.
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Thanks to all. Ordered the book from Amazon by Lee.
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You got one the best books on sharpening. You will learn a lot from watching others and videos too. Sharp tools make a big difference.
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Norton has a video on sharpening. It will show you the technique.
You can learn it in an afternoon.
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