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    Sharpening a Bedan

    Just curious if anyone is using a 1/2 inch Bedan and if so what is your method of sharpening this tool to a fine edge? Do you flat grind on a stone and then hone or do you put it on the grinding wheel. Do you grind the bevelled edge or just hone the top? I ask because the bevelled edge is quite long and putting this on the grinder creates a rather large hollow grind.

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    Al, please excuse my ignorance, but what is a Bedan?

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    Spinny tools, Gotcha! I have an old Dunlop lathe that my dad gave me. Needs to have one of the bearings replaced. I need to get that done since I would like to take a crack at turning. I'll probably be asking you guys questions when I do get it going!

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    Alex, took me a day to find it, but here are the pics from J-F Escoulen's Demo, of his Bedans.........

    Attachment 3174

    Attachment 3175

    and remember, they are used like that, the bevel is up!

    J-F said that if you don't like the skew, you will hate the Bedan
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    Stu,

    Skews me and thanks for the pics. After I got it I went and put a hollow grind on it at the wheel. I think though this chisel is best sharpened flat with a diamond stone or wetstone. I haven't really used it that much in the versatile way that J-F used it but do like it.

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    Skews me.........

    I've got a boat load of spindle tools on the way, so we shall see how I get on with that stuff

    A while back, I bougth a 3/8" square parting tool, I intended to make it into a Bedan, but I've not gotten g-round to it.........

    Cheers!
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    Well I've got a plane load so we'll see whose gets here first.

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    OK, mine is actually FedEx....

    BTW, I resharpened my 3/8" parting tool into a Bedan, and had a go at some soft pine I had laying around..........FUN STUFF!!!

    Yep, all the cut and shapes you see on that chunk of pine were made by that one tool, the Bedan!

    Attachment 3190

    Attachment 3191

    It is a bit catchy, but as it is spindle work, the catches are not catastrophic

    Fun tool, I put a straight flat grind on it, but I think a hollow grind will work better.

    Here is a pic of an egg that J-F Escoulen turned with a Bedan in about 2 minutes flat..........



    Going to be experimenting with this tool for some time to come!

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    Hey man that is some pretty slick turning for just one tool. Uually I have six or seven on the bench in a pile.

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