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    Turning grinder revisited

    My plans for a slow speed grinder fell through. So I ordered a couple of zirconium belts from Lee Valley and resurrected my old 1" strip sander. I have and old slow speed motor on it. Should work nicely, but...

    Heard tell from someplace that the Wolverine jig can be used with this.

    Anyone done it and can post pics?

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    Carol.

    Although I don't use the Wolverine system, the one I use is similar to it. It's one that I made and the only one I use for the bowl gouges. Anyway, I'll post some pictures.
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    Uh-oh...I can already see you needing a new Sharpening Jigs section of the website. That looks like a pretty slick setup, Randy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Privett View Post
    Carol.

    Although I don't use the Wolverine system, the one I use is similar to it. It's one that I made and the only one I use for the bowl gouges. Anyway, I'll post some pictures.
    I could really really really use a tutorial on how you made that....

    Right now I free hand my tools on a 1 inch Harbor Freight belt sander... I get so-so maybe okay sharpening, but that looks like the cat's meow...I'm not much of a metal worker, but that looks slick enough to try to put something together...
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    The belt that is on that has been on there for over a year. I have 4 different bench grinders, couple of cutter grinders and a surface grinder, but I really like the way the belt sander puts the edge on a tool. It's a pretty simple setup, I think that Sorby made something close to it years ago, don't know if they still make it or not, but I do remember it was really salty. I have a depth gauge on the side so I can maintain some kind of repeatability. The secret is mounting the base that holds everything.
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    I had the same reaction as Vaughn. I thought Oh-oh Randy did it now showing a new piece.
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    OK, I like it, Randy. You selling them? I am not a metal person.

    If not, then I have a couple of questions.

    The base under the sander - is it fixed or is it intended to be slid in and out? How is it fixed into position?

    The post into the bottom "u-joint" - there seems to be a "spare" to the left. I gather the u-joint is to allow tilting into the sanding strip and back out again. The stop collar on the post is one adjustment and the extension of the gouge in the top clamp holder is the other. You mentioned a depth gauge. Do you likewise have fixed numbers for the height of the post?

    Finally, is the top clamp fixed in its angle to the top of the post, or does it also tilt?

    PM would be welcome if you don't wish to discuss this publicly. You may be contemplating bringing a new product to market. Need a tester?

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    Carol.

    I'll see what I can do for you.
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    Bernie.

    No, I haven't been working on a sharpening system, this is what I've been working on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOnZWUgxHzE
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    Clever set-up. I have a similar one incher with a (what else?) Grizzly label on it. They were sold under several different labels.
    Enneyhow, I removed the platen years ago and lost it.
    But your set-up should work fine even at normal speeds.
    I found free hand sharpening on the 1" to be risky. Too easy to get careless and grind a groove with the edge of the belt.
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