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General Tormek Questions / Re: Rust removal - electrolysis
« Last post by Herman Trivilino on Today at 03:56:47 pm »
Nice work, Mark.  Excellent post, too.  Thanks for sharing.

I still use a pair of of those to trim my shrubs. 

It looks like the previous attempt at sharpening was done with a floor sander!   ;D
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General Tormek Questions / Re: Abraison Container
« Last post by Herman Trivilino on Today at 03:52:11 pm »
Very nice idea, and excellent craftsmanship too, Hema.  Now tell me, do you sharpen in your living room?  :o
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General Tormek Questions / Re: Rust removal - electrolysis
« Last post by Rob on Today at 07:25:33 am »
I think its absolutely commendable that charities like yours exist to take the time and trouble to help these poor souls who have lost their way.  The care and love you put into helping restore their interest in an honest days work will surely go a long way to rehabilitating them after the terrible trauma they have suffered.

I myself will be lobbying the powers that be to help bring legislation forward to curtail the cruel practice of "rust baiting".  It really is quite obscene and the sooner the Government gets on board then the sooner their suffering will be over.

I'm certain those garden sheers and their family will wish to join me in thanking your team from the bottom of our hearts.  Sniff sniff.
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Wood Turning / Re: SVD-185 Leg Sleeve Settings
« Last post by Tormek moderator on Today at 03:13:22 am »
Some people like to round over the heel of the bevel on detail gouges (and some do it to bowl gouges). By pulling the collar back, you can grind the primary bevel, then slide forward and soften the heel.
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Wood Turning / SVD-185 Leg Sleeve Settings
« Last post by Jgilfor on Yesterday at 06:55:05 pm »
I apologize if this has already been covered elsewhere, but I could not find any reference, either here, in the manual, or on the web regarding the settings for the leg sleeve.

Exactly what does the setting of the sleeve do differently than moving the slide bar in and out? Seems that it simply alters the sharpening angle, but that must not be the whole story, or it wouldn't be adjustable.

Anyone have the true purpose?
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General Tormek Questions / Rust removal - electrolysis
« Last post by grepper on Yesterday at 04:40:29 pm »
I was given an old pair of hedge trimmers to sharpen.  I was a little surprised because I didn’t think anyone used giant scissors anymore to trim their bushes, but then I suppose if you just had oh, maybe one small shrub, you could use something like that.

Anyway, the poor things condition was pitiful and heart-wrenching to see.  Not only were they suffering from debilitating rust, but someone had apparently been doing “things” to them, probably late at night down in the basement with the door securely locked behind them so no one would hear the painful screams of the torture they were inflicting.  I suspect this was an attempt at sharpening, but with what?  A chain saw?  A wood rasp?  Oh, the horror. 

I know for some, the following images may be disturbing, so I will understand if you must turn away.




Oh my. 




Is this sharpening?  Those grooves are as deep as they look.



It was obvious that the beleaguered tool badly needed some time to relax and recuperate.  So I threw together a little hot tub for it to soak in for a couple of hours.



Double, double. Toil and trouble.
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Round and round the cauldron goes,
now in the poison entrails go.
Eye of newt, and skin of toad,
deep into the cauldron goes.
Wool of bat, skin of snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake.
Double, double. Toil and trouble.
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Look at the pretty colors!  I think it's really quite beautiful.  It's art!



Two hours later…



Moral to the story:  Got rust?  Not a problem!  Just give ‘er a little bath for a couple of hours, and Bob’s yur uncle.  If you haven’t tried it, when you do, you’ll be gobsmacked!
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General Tormek Questions / Re: 1/4" Bevel Edge Chisels
« Last post by Herman Trivilino on August 21, 2014, 02:35:15 am »
I can't speak for the accomplished woodworker, but to me the hand plane is a totally different tool when it has a sharp blade.  Growing up my dad always had a few hand planes lying about.  I had seen him use them, but I could never get them to work for me.  Years later I acquired those very same hand planes and saw what bad shape the irons were in.  They had been sharpened over the decades at ever steeper micro bevels, and had never been properly sharpened in their lives.  I soon had them in good shape and was amazed at how easy it was to shave wood with them.

I'm sure yours will serve your students well, and will be a joy to use for both the teacher and the learner.
 
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General Tormek Questions / Re: 1/4" Bevel Edge Chisels
« Last post by kennyk on August 20, 2014, 04:47:02 pm »
I'm waiting for delivery of a known good machine. I'm hoping it will arrive later this week.
As soon as I have any updates I will pass on the information. 

I'm still suspecting an issue with the placement of one of the sleeves as the most likely culprit, given that I can get a straight bevel in reverse configuration.
Any time I've had a squint bevel with my reverse config in the last 100 blades, when I've re-checked the blade against the '76 with a square, that has caused the skew, even if it's out by a fraction, so it leaves two possibilities:

1. BOTH SE-76 have the same fault with the registration edge being out of square. (which I'm not using as a reference because the jig is upside down)
or
2.  one of the sleeves is not on the same plane as the other, and out of alignment with respect to the wheel shaft.   (and I'm not using the sleeves when the USB is on the front )

I am reminded of a curious factoid about the Martin Guitar Company which is of potential relevance here.  Back in the 70s it was discovered that the jig that the staff were using to measure for the precise location of the guitar bridge had worn to such an extent that the bridge was being put too far forward, causing all the guitars being manufactured to play out of tune.  When the distance was measured, it became clear what had happened.   I'm not saying that this has happened here, but these things can, and do, happen.


Anyway, I'm pleased to report  that I have a small pile of 'spare' plane blades waiting for the known good unit to turn up, and the rest of my sharpening workload is over.  I'm still disappointed that I didn't manage to get them all completed before the start of term, but at least they're all sharp now.  I've had a very positive comment from one of the teaching staff about the 'luxury' of sharp tools.  It's the plane blades that seem to have made the biggest impression.
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When I first got the Tormek and the newer SE76, before I even watched the video, or read the instruction manual, I used the front brackets, to touch up a chisel (didn't really need it, but I figured practice).  Only thing I tried it with was a butt chisel and the 32 jig.  (really need to bench grinder or something first, was a garage sale, really out of whack chisel).  Will take a LONG time on the front, and I am still not comfortable with a lot, free hand yet.
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