Your best woodturning begins at the grinder. Razor sharp tools are not only safer - they create smoother cuts and an easier learning curve. And as with any skill - every sharpening master began as a rookie. Use the videos above, and the following information to hone (pun intended!) your skills. And give us a call anytime!
For sharpening your high speed steel tools we suggest a slow running grinder, Raptor Set Up tools, the Wolverine Jig and the Oneway Varigrind. While these jigs and tools are not required, they will help ensure that you end up with the same grind geometry every time.
In our shop, we use CBN wheels. There are a myriad of videos and articles regarding these wheels and their specific benefits. If you're looking to invest in sharpening equipment, CBN wheels are an excellent place to start. We suggest 320 grit or higher. The higher you go (up to 400 or 600 grit) the finer your edge will be. Please give us a call for further CBN wheel recommendations.
Questions? Give us a call, we're happy to help. We're available Monday through Saturday, 7am - 7pm. (206)878-7672.