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    Tool sharpening

    So, I'm in need of a new grinder as mine went to smoke heaven...anyway's...until I find one and break loose of some moola, anyone here use a sanding belt? I have a 1"X? vertical type with multiple grit belts......passable or pass?
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    Work just fine for me on chisels Ken. What ya sharpening?
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    I don't see any reason not to. I know of several turners who've switched from grinding wheels to sanding belts. If you're sanding against a flat platen, you won't get a concave bevel, but that's the only main difference as far as I can tell. Plus, you can get a concave bevel if you sand against a wheel instead of the platen.
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    I've got a little Harbor freight 1" belt sander and bought some super fine grit belts and leather belt for it from Lee Valley.

    Fastest easiest way to sharpen knives I've ever found...

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    Ok got to toss in the disclaimer. Sanding metal tools causes sparks. Sparks can ignite piles of sawdust in and around the sander. So clean up the sawdust before you start and make sure your sander and surrounding area is completely out when you are done. Even if it means pouring water on the bench your sander is on just to make sure.
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    Smile

    I've got a jet 1" x 42 belt sander that I love. It is quick and easy to sharpen knives on and you can do a flat, concave or convex profile depending on what you want.

    Just don't hook it up to your shop vac...you'll need a new one after that. plus it will be really hard to eat dinner that night with your wife sitting across from you shaking her head and laughing every time she looks at you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Altop View Post

    Just don't hook it up to your shop vac...you'll need a new one after that. plus it will be really hard to eat dinner that night with your wife sitting across from you shaking her head and laughing every time she looks at you.
    Well Brian when you say something like that your going to have to tell the rest of the story.
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    Thanks guys, especially on the safety tips

    I've heard of folks using sanders but wasn't sure if it was an 'accepted' alternative. The platen rises up approx. 3 or 4 inches, then the belt is unsupported for the remaining 3/4" up to the upper roller, so concave shaping 'should' be feasible.

    I'm going to attempt this method with my chisels and turning tools, which leads to a side question...what is the common terminology for lathe tools, are they referred to as 'tools', or is there another choice of word{s} when talking of them as a group?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    Well Brian when you say something like that your going to have to tell the rest of the story.
    Not sure of Brian's story, but my dad used to empty the ashes from his wood stove with his shop vac...well he did, for about three times before the 'whoops'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    Thanks guys, especially on the safety tips

    I've heard of folks using sanders but wasn't sure if it was an 'accepted' alternative. The platen rises up approx. 3 or 4 inches, then the belt is unsupported for the remaining 3/4" up to the upper roller, so concave shaping 'should' be feasible.

    I'm going to attempt this method with my chisels and turning tools, which leads to a side question...what is the common terminology for lathe tools, are they referred to as 'tools', or is there another choice of word{s} when talking of them as a group?
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