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    Using sharp tools.....OMG

    Well, I finally had a weekend where I didn't have to work or go somewhere else. So I got out in the shop and decided to turn a couple pens. Now, a few weeks ago I had purchased a grinder and Wolverine sharpening jig from a guy on Craigslist. Today before I started to turn I gave my tools a quick pass on the sharpener. WOW....I apparently have NEVER used sharp tools before. I had been sharpening them by eye using an old belt sander but now....they really have an edge. It was amazing to me how much nicer they cut. Lesson learned here. I made two pens (sorry no pictures) and cut up blanks for more turning tomorrow. I am anxious to try them out on larger projects.

    Tom

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    Yup, Sharp tools do make a differance.
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    Did a web search for a company named "Sharp Tools" with poor results.

    Wish I had one... Do I need one? Would it help? I am just kidding around. Trying to perk up this forum...

    How do we get more activity ?? I was banned for life on a very popular and active forum ---- would like to see this forum become more active.

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    Tom it sure does make a difference. You'll find that out especially on dry hard wood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Gallian View Post
    Did a web search for a company named "Sharp Tools" with poor results.

    Wish I had one... Do I need one? Would it help? I am just kidding around. Trying to perk up this forum...

    How do we get more activity ?? I was banned for life on a very popular and active forum ---- would like to see this forum become more active.

    Sour gapes Paul
    Paul the best way to make this place better is to post the stuff you are working on yourself, or things that you find interesting, the more one posts, the more opportunity it gives for others to make comments and ask questions about what one is doing. Trying to "Perk Up" a forum may not be the best approach, instead, share what you are doing, and make sure you take pictures!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    IM reading this thread, and realized my wife had picked up my grinder(it finally came in and I couldnt get out because of work), she wasnt thrilled about going to the tool guy, but its been in her trunk and now, at 11:55 saturday night, I have this urge to go outside into the shop and try putting some kind of new edge on my 29 dollar chisel set.




    she said no, she wont give me her keys, to go to bed it will be there in the morning. Shell never understand this disease.(but she also hid the chocolate lolliepops and I found them, so Ill wait for her to go sleepy)
    ok, so sometimes I dont listen to her.

    thanx for reminding me, I was going to spend a few hours sanding tomorrow, I might have forgotten again.
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    Eh, no rush Allen. Sharp tools really aren't all that important. Just ask Tom.

    It sure is an eye opener, isn't it Tom?
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    Sharp turning tools can put the fun back into turning and IMHO are much safer.
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    I remember when I started turning, I thought they were sharp out of the box! Then I bought a slow speed grinder and made a couple of passes and sharp! Yep, night and day difference! Also, less sanding!!
    Jon

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    I have the same setup - wolverine with my grinder and i like it alot. I have my jigs and platform set up so that i can quickly and easily sharpen my tools and be back at the lathe quickly. I added a few of the Raptor gauges (you dont really need them but they were on sale in the woodturners catalog and i was buying some other stuff anyway) to be able to quickly change angles if i want to on other tools.
    You will like it alot...........Dan
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    Then you have to learn advanced rules - Professional
    Then you disregard the rules - This takes you to the master level................

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