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post #1 of 4 Old 04-25-2011, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Help with sharpening tools.

What is the best wheel for my grinder for sharpening my Lathe cutting tools? I was told the white stone and that it cost like $50 but the one Rockler has is white Aluminum oxide and $20 so I wasn't sure.

What about sharpening jigs?
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"White" is kind of a generic answer. What you want is a friable aluminum oxide wheel in either 80 or 120 grit. Some are blue, some are white, pink, etc.

You will definitely get what you pay for. The $20 white ones will do the job but a $50 Norton 3X (blue) will do the job much better and will probably be better balanced out of the box. It'll last a lot longer too.

As far as grinder jigs, the OneWay Mfg. Wolverine is pretty much the benchmark. It is a great system and really isn't all that expensive. PSI makes a slightly cheaper version. I've seen people make similar jigs out of wood or metal, and then use shop made jigs that mimic the Wolverine's vari-grind jig. Not my thing but it can be done successfully.

Don't worry about the speed of your grinder. Some people will say you need a slow speed grinder, which you do not. Faster grinders just remove more metal, that's all. You cannot ruin the temper of HSS tools on a grinder despite the occasional person that insists that you can.
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If you are buying on-line shop for bargains and lowest shipping. If can walk into a store $20 not a bad price also look into getting diamond dressor too. 08SaJ

I am using Norton 3x blue 46 & 80 grit blue wheels, they are harder than Norton white wheels. I have also use white, and pink wheels made by Camel CGW and Pacific too. Think had some K wheels made by both CGW and Pacific too.

46-grit is a medium wheel great for changing bevel angle or repairing damaged tool edge. 80-to150 grit considered fine grit and great for touching up(sharpening) an edge.

I like and been using Wolverine with vari grind jig system, shop around for best price. ry_Code=sharp-wss
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+1 on the Wolverine Jig. +1 on the Norton Wheels. Also check out the Raptor set-up tools available from Craft Supplies USA.

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