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Wood Turning / Sharpening Turning Tools
« on: November 10, 2019, 06:59:27 pm »
I've spent some time watching the Jeff Farris video and looking on the internet and came away very confused about the type of tools and the various grinds.  I am a novice turner and will initially be focused on spindle turning.  I have a PM 90 lathe and some existing tools.  I separated the tools into major categories of gouges, skews, parting tools, scrapers and who knows :).  The biggest area of confusion for me right now is the various types of gouges and grinds.  In my mind I have categorized gouge types as Spindle and bowl.  Within spindle I have roughing, standard and detail - the difference being the grind.

Of the gouges I have (6 total) 2 are identified as spindle gouges - the others are a question mark to me.  I think a bowl gouge has a much deeper flute than a spindle gouge but some of mine are hard to tell.  I'm attaching some pictures.  I think all of them are spindle gouges but I may be mistaken?

Any thoughts?  Once I know what I have we can discuss grinds


Hand Tool Woodworking / Small Chisel Problem
« on: October 27, 2019, 04:31:10 pm »
I started to reacquaint myself with a Super Grind 2000.  I had an 1/8'" chisel where the back was not flat (angled side to side) and the bevel also was angled side to side.  I squared off the bevel on a bench grinder and attempted to flatten the back.  Then I used the Tormek abnd reshaped the bevel - the bevel went back on a side to side angle.  Not sure why this is happening. I have the SE-77 and tried using the fine adjustment to no avail.  I'm wondering if the back is so bad that its not being held properly in the jig?


General Tormek Questions / Tormek Supergrind - Starting Over
« on: October 12, 2019, 09:32:19 pm »
Good afternoon folks - I've been lurking for quite awhile but now I need some help.  I keep seeing references about jig and wheel updates that are very confusing to me.  I have a Supergrind 2000 that was purchased many years ago (15 or 20) and over the years I have used it very little but have done some updating.  I am now ready to reacquaint myself with the tool.  I would like to start by showing what I have and getting some suggestions on potential beneficial upgrades.

My sharpening is/will be limited to chisels, turning tools and drill bits.  As I said I have a Supergrind 2000.  I have an SG 250 Aluminum Oxide wheel that is currently at roughly 220 mm.  I also have the leather honing wheel and the profile honing wheel, an upgraded water trough and a swivel base.  Is there anything on the basic machine that could be upgraded.  I have some concern about the wheel size and type.  Is 220 getting too small?  Should I be considering a different type wheel for the sharpening I will be doing?

I have a maintenance kit, a used and new grading stone (used on right in the picture below - not sure it is useable any longer - its pretty misshapen).

For straight edge tools I have the universal support and two SE 76 straight edge jigs - not sure I am completely up to date with these.

See the next post for a few more items


General Tormek Questions / HSS Tool Grinding
« on: November 04, 2017, 01:28:18 pm »
I may have asked this a few years ago but thought I'd try again.  I'm wondering if anyone has developed jigs and/or processes for sharpening HSS cutting tools for a metal lathe.  It seems it would simply be a jig for low angle settings (15 degrees or under) of the tool rest to the wheel and a "miter gauge" type holder to pick up the rake angles (I think).

Any thoughts?


General Tormek Questions / Metal Lathe Tool Grinding
« on: July 14, 2012, 04:46:59 pm »
Good morning - been awile since I have stopped in.  I am just starting to grind  high speed steel metal lathe bits and I was wondering if anyone has ever used a Tormek for this?  More specifically, I'm looking for a jig that would provide positioning for the compound angles involved?

Thanks for any suggestions

Wood Turning / Tormek Wood Turnig Accessories
« on: August 20, 2010, 05:05:02 pm »
I'm looking to expand the use of my Tormek to turning tools and am looking for some guidance.  After looking at the various accessories I'm a little confused.

I was originally considering the bundle pack (BGM-100, TTS-100 and SVD-185).  I already have a slow speed dry grinder and a Tormek so this looked like a pretty good set up.  Looking at the detail however, it seems that the SVD-185 is specifically recommended for fingernail grind gouges.  It doesn't appear that it is of any value for other tools (skews, parting tools, etc).  There is also a SVS-50 Multi Jig that appears  to be for all of the other turning tools.  Do I need both of these jigs (SVD-185 and SVS-50) to be able to sharpen the normal complement of turning tools?

Also - does the TNT-300 instruction DVD/Book contain additional material beyond what is covered with the instructions included with the jigs.

Thanks for any help you can offer in clearing up my confusion


General Tormek Questions / Honing
« on: April 17, 2010, 05:22:59 pm »
Well - I'm continuing on my quest to become an adequate sharpener.  I gotten through flattening the backs on a series of 8 "practice" chisels - I started with sandpaper then to the side of the tormek wheel.  Turns out I think I did more harm than good with the sandpaper.  Future flattening will will done completely on the Tormek.  BTW - my goal is to get to sharpening chisels and plane blades completely on the Tormek without using any sencodary stones.

Now for my question - I ground the bevels on a few of the chisels using the rough and fine stone grading and then honed them using the same jig.  I'm not quite satisfied with the results.  a couple of questions
1.  When using the standard edge jig for honing - it doesn't seem like you can use the angle setting gauge without changing the diameter.  I used the "magic marker" technique to set the jig for honing.  Is that the best method or should I use the angle setting jig with a different diameter or do I have it completely wrong  :-\.  I know Jeff recommends freehand but I am not ready for that - I would rather use a more repeatable process like the jig.

2.  Assuming proper stone grading and grinding - how long should it take to hone the bevel?  I'm finding that after honing for a minute or so I still have very visible scratches.  On the third chisel I just kept honing and I finally got rid of most of the scratches but it took a long time.  Is this typical or does it indicate another problem like poor grading going to the fine stone or not enough time grinding?  I've always been a little uncomfortable with the grading - knowing when you are done is always a question.  Is there a visible gauge that could be used to indicsate that the scratch pattern is correct for fine grading?

Thanks for any suggestions and help!

General Tormek Questions / Flattening Chisel Backs
« on: April 14, 2010, 04:35:33 pm »
Good morning - I am on a mission to get my chisels in shape.  Step 1 is to flatten the backs.  I have started down a number of different roads and on the advice of others have settlerd into using the side of the Tormek wheel for initial flattening.  For th efirst couple of chisels that worked pretty good and I followed it up with the Tormek honing compound on a piece of MDF.  I was able to get a visibly scratch free surface on about the first 3/4" to 1" of the back.  I know - that's way more than I need but that is the process I am using.

Using the compound on MDF works but is time consuming so my question is can you hone a flattened back on the leather Tormek wheel?  My concern is the the wheel wouldn't address the entire flattened portion without changing the chisel position and that it may impart a slight hollow grind.  Should I stick with a known flat surface for chisel backs or is the wheel going to give me acceptable results?


General Tormek Questions / Tormek Operating Height
« on: January 10, 2010, 02:28:42 am »
Hi - I'm wondering if there is a recommended bench height for the Tormek when sharpening chisels and plane blades.  Thanks!

General Tormek Questions / Tormek Drive Wheel Problem
« on: December 25, 2006, 09:19:05 pm »
Recently purchased the Tormek system (November 06 via Buffalo, NY woodworking show).  I watched the Jeff Ferris viseo and followed all instructions including applying the provided belt dressing.  However, I can still easily stop the drive mechanism with minimal hand pressure.  The stone and drive wheel stop but the motor shaft contihues to turn.  Tried a second application of the belt dressing with no success.  The dressing provided is not a paste like that that appears in the video.  It is more like a thick yellow oil.  Is this the right stuff?  if so - what next?  Thanks!

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