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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    Late Christmas

    Well, folks,

    It turns out I didn't get *completely* hosed in the christmas present category! Number one son came down from NYC late, and brought with him a...

    wait for it...

    A 5/8" Alan Lacer skew chisel! First really upscale chisel I've ever had. It's very cool. Oddly, it says hamlet on it, but what the heck? Speaking of odd, he gave Doorlink a "Santa Baby" outfit. What kind of son gives his mother lingerie? But she liked it, so what the heck...

    Anyway, I was so happy I went out to the shop and thought "What cool thing can I make for Thomas, equivalent to this lovely skew?" It just so happens I had a chunk of apple trunk lying around, that I'd picked up a couple months back. So, time to turn. Even used the new skew to clean up the rim. 9" wide, 4" tall, spalted wormy apple. Hard to see the details, but I ain't getting a new camera anytime soon...



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  2. #2
    Bill.....Congrats! I've got the same skew but haven't sharpened it yet. Maybe this weekend. Hamlet does make the Lacer skews.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    That's a gorgeous bowl, Bill.
    More important: Congratulations on the skew chisel!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    lutefisk capitol, USA
    you wil like the skew. i have two of them. had to buy the second one so i could see what it was supposed to look like sharpened properly. did a bad job on the first one. his sharpening video is helpful also.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Bill, pardon me for saying but I think No1 son got Dad TWO Christmas presents!

    I want one of them 5/8 Lacer skews, on my short list of turning tools.

    The bowl looks great, I'd love to turn some apple, I grew up in an area where the main crop and industry was apples for a VERY long time.

    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Congrats on the skew Bill. You are going to like it. But I am like Stu I think you got two Christams presents.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    forked river,nj

    Question Late Christmas

    Add my congrats Bill. Now that we own the Lacer skews how do we sharpen it?
    I made a mess out of mine. I own the wolverine set up and the veritas skew attachment and I can not get the hang of sharpening it Peter

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    I've been thinking about the same problem. With the wolverine, I'm not sure there *is* a way to preserve the curved edge. No matter what you do, it's going to come out straight. Maybe someone here has a better idea, but I can only think of two ways to sharpen it. I guess the preferred method is free hand on a sharpening stone (boy would I mess that up!) or use the wolverine and then round the corners on the grinder. It won't preserve that nice curve, though...



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Congrats on the skew, Bill, and nice job on the bowl. (You're getting better and better at this stuff.) I'll let Stu or Ken or one of the other skew-balls around here make sharpening suggestions. I've used my PSI (Wolverine-style) grinding jig to sharpen my curved skews, but instead of using the "skew" rest, I use the "straight" rest and move the tool to follow the curve. (Dunno if that's the right way, but it's worked for me.)

    Keep in mind that the grinder is just the first step on the skew. It really should be honed (I use a card-shaped diamond hone) after grinding. I've been told the skew is one turning tool that should be as sharp as a good knife.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Cotswolds, UK
    For sharpening try something along the lines of this Jig idea. Taken from David Reed Smith Article it is talking about a flat honing stone but principle could be adapted to a Tormek or a normal grinder.

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