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post #1 of 8 Old 04-04-2009, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Need help finding a sharpener

I am to the point of crying between Acrylic and Stabilized wood pen blanks my tools are duller than I care to admit. I cant convince my wife to let me spring for a Variable speed grinder and Sharpening jig . So it looks like I need help. Do any of you know were I can send my tools to be sharpened? I know it seems extreme but I need it done. Maybe after a time or two she will realize I need it like the drill press ( I lost $100-150 worth of blanks during facing because of bad drilling at a local machine shop when I did not have a good drill press or vice).
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-05-2009, 01:55 AM
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Is a variable speed grinder a necessity or would a better quality stone for your existing grinder work. As far as grinding jigs, I have found a few plans for them on the internet. Search them out, you might be suprised at what you find. Try this link
http://www.am-wood.com/june98/chiseljig.html
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Ken's right i have seen alot of home made sharping systems out there, even use a a block of wood turn round or MDF with different gits on sand paper glued around it and build a little wooden adjustable rest for your bevel lineament. (use lathe to power homemade grinder)
http://www.davidreedsmith.com/Articl.../VerySharp.htm
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woodcraft combo grinding system.

http://www.woodcraft.com/product.asp...FamilyID=20355

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I turned a couple of MDF and glues emery cloth to one and leather to the other and mounted on a 1725 motor, works great.

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Maybe after a time or two she will realize I need it like the drill press ( I lost $100-150 worth of blanks during facing because of bad drilling at a local machine shop when I did not have a good drill press or vice).
Do some search on the tool sharpening discussions. The same topic has been discussed recently.

About the drilling on pen blanks, you don't necessarily need a drill press. Does your lathe has a Morse Taper?
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=42340
You can drill the pen blanks on your lathe. Sharp drill bits, go slow, withdraw frequent to clear the wood chip would help.
With the $150 you don't have to waste on pen blanks, you can buy the Woodcraft slow speed grinder (frequently on sale for $80). Do a Google search on "Heiple Grinding jig"; you can build the platform from scraps and buy the Oneway Wolverine Varigrind side grind jig (if you use side grind spindle or bowl gouges). All you need is a T handle hand held diamond dresser (around $8 from Lee Valley).
The rest will all depend on yourself - the knowledge of what the grinds should look like, when to stop and where to grind more.
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I did get the drill press last month. I probably could have paid for it in broken, miss drilled and bad facing. I think I am going to get the 6" variable speed grinder at HomeDepot Next trip to the city. I just wish I had the tools and supplies to make a good sharpener. I will get one of the Wolverine jigs some day.

I was wanting the Variable speed grinder to have more control when sharpening.
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I was about to order the lathe drill but it is a MT#2 my mini has a MT#1
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I believe HF has the MT-1 version as well.

Variable speed on grinder is unimportant. How smooth and vibration free the grinder runs is far more important.
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