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
Thanks for your input.....
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!
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..!!
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.
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
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 :-).
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
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.
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