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Thread: A Few Tips, from the class I took

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    WNY, Buffalo Area

    A Few Tips, from the class I took

    After reading the post from Ben Werner about warming up his tool rest it make me think of this tip.

    In the beginning turning class that I just took the instructor suggested icing your tools before sharpening them. This would mostly be if you needed to change a bevel or some other major grinding. You wouldn't need to do this if you were just doing a quick touch up.

    He said that it was more efficient than starting with room temp. tools and then trying to cool them after grinding.

    Another interesting thing he said was that due to the composition of HSS, it didn't make any difference in the strength of the tool or its edge if you turned it blue in the process of sharpening it. He said that if it wasn't HSS it would be bad for the steel.

    Another tip that he gave was to file the edge of tool rest flat, to remove any nicks or divots. Then wax the edge that you just filed. This will allow the tools to move more smoothly over the rest.
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I hadn't heard of the iced tools idea. Seems to make sense, especially with non-high speed steel. I've filed my toolrests as needed, and I keep a bar of paraffin canning wax by the lathe for slicking them up.

    Some of these are basics that a lot of us know (like the bluing of HSS not being a bad thing), but it's good good of you to post it here for newcomers. We were all new at this once.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Thanks Sean...This is why I like this forum so much, I learn something new every day.

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