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    It's the wifes fault

    Well the wife said that she loves seeing me smile and after the past few days of a little frustration over the dull tool issue she asked me why i didn't get the sharpening system so I went to LV and well it was her fault for saying ok. She has asked what i want for Christmas ( like I don't already have the only gift I want) and Alex mentioned about the buffing system to really finish off the turning so it was mentioned.

    So I spent a couple of hrs sharpening the tools tonight and wow what a difference. I had to throw the second chunk of the alder on the lathe and played with every tool. Even back in high school I never experienced tools this sharp before. Well here is the result of my playing tonight, Lots of big curlies.. I was a little disapointed about the chip as I was pushing my comfort zone with getting a thin wall without it blowing up, but it does add a little character ( didn't see it till I stopped the lathe). Oh no sanding at all and it is really smooth.

    Just like a little kid I was looking around to see what else I could turn. Then I remembered when I bought the tools a few years ago the fellow threw in some unfinished projects for me to play with when I got my lathe. I have a pre turned Arbutus bowl and an oak bowl I think there is some Yew wood and I am not sure of the rest. Still I don't want to touch them till I am a bit better at this.
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    Ahh yes, the quest for the perfect sharpening system! Like they say, lot's of ways to skin that cat, and it looks like you were having some fun! Way to go Drew!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Watson View Post
    ...Just like a little kid I was looking around to see what else I could turn...
    Oh yeah, you've got the disease bad.
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    Sharp tools are a wonderful thing
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    Way to go Drew. This sharpening thing is like a right of passage.

    I came to realise the same thing about my schooling. Dont think my ww or metal work teachers completed the passage or they were afraid of what my class of renegades would do with the sharp tools, it would have nothing to do with the subject.

    I like the shape you getting there with the bowl. I think Vaughn and others better watch out we have a artist in our midst.
    cheers

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    Thanks Guys it really is a lot of fun. Yes The slope is really slippery and really, really steep too.Thanks Stu for pointing me in the direction of the wolverine it a wonderfull and easy system. I was going to attempt to build the Var- grind attachment that you made but thought about the time it would have taken and how much better that time would have been spent turning, and well the turning won out. Rob I think we must have had the same shop teacher . I am going out today to look for some downed tree's as I hear fresh wood is way easier to turn and i just want to give it a try.
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    Oh and Stu the wife suggested ( yes she did) that I get the extension for the lathe. So I went to KMS to order one and wouldn't you know that they had one there. Seems a guy had an older nova and he wanted the extension and found out that they have changed the shape of the new beds and the new doesn't fit the old. So i was one happy camper till I got it home. I hooked it all together and went to slide the tail stock and it stopped at the extension. So played with it loosening bolts and re adjusting but with no luck. Fianlly took the entire thing off and tried it off the lathe. Seems the alignment of the track must be off just a hair as I put the digital calipers to the track and could find no variation from old and new along the entire track. So rather than fuss with it I took it back to the store and they have ordered a new one for me. So far i have had bad luck getting the stand , outrigger and table extension. Gee glad that I have a great sence of humor about things or i would go nuts. Ok maybe I already am.
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    hey drew is that a wideeee stone on the right there? and if so why so wide the ones i am used to seeing are only 1"
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    hey drew is that a wideeee stone on the right there? and if so why so wide the ones i am used to seeing are only 1"
    Hi Larry, Yes it is a wideeee stone 1 5/8. It actually came with the grinder from Grizzly. I picked up the slow speed grinder thinking it would be great for the plane blades and chisels and not wear the stone as much. It actually works great for the plane blades and with the new deck on the wolverine system it is going to make sharpening the blades and chisels a lot easier. I have a second grinder that is a regular speed and wheels but I think I would like a slow speed 8"grinder next with a wide wheel Like this one . http://www.grizzly.com/products/T10097 . Any advice on the grinder and sharpening is always appreciated as I know so many here have more experience than me in this field.
    Last edited by Drew Watson; 11-10-2009 at 07:40 PM.
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    Yep Drew sharp tools are wonderful to use.

    Oh and how do you think it is the wife's fault??? I have been married for 42 yrs and right or wrong it is my fault!!!
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