Woodturning Basics – Be Ready To Sharpen Early And Often

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The secret to enjoying woodturning is to have tools that are sharp when moving to the wood. This enables clean cuts leaving fine surfaces and the satisfaction of long shavings of wood. All that is needed are a couple of simple tips.
First of all make sure that the work area is prepared for effective and frequent sharpening. While this depend on individual preferences, there are some things that are universal to every shop.
The sharpening station should be close to the wood lathe. Close means the station should be within a few steps of the lathe but not so close as to be in the way. Taking a couple of steps from the work will allow enough time to stretch a bit and so avoid undue fatigue but will not take so long as to interrupt the work flow.
Note the work “station” for sharpening. This includes more than the grinder. Any jigs used are to be kept handy as are any wheel dressers. The grinder itself should be at a height such that the center line of the wheel is at about the elbow height of the turner. For most people this is a comfortable position.
If at all possible, tools should be sharpened to keep a good edge, not to repair a bad edge. In other words, when the edge will still cut but is perceived to be making a less than ideal cut, it is a good time to sharpen. This will prevent a lot of tear out and necessary repair work. Sometimes this is not possible as the wood may have grit, knots, or hidden material that quickly ruins the edge. A quick trip to the sharpening station will remedy this.
Remember safety as you sharpen. Keep the work area clean of shavings and debris. Guards should be used on the grinder. If this is awkward due to sharpening jigs and the like, always use face and eye protection.
Clean the wheels often to prevent overheating the tools as they are sharpened. If you notice the wheels are getting glazed with steel dust embedded in them, use a wheel dresser to clean them before sharpening. Keeping the wheel dresser handy at the station helps to remind you.
Grinding wheels can cause injury because of their rough surfaces and high speed. Do not use cracked or damaged wheels. Buying good quality helps to ensure safety. Turn the grinder off when not sharpening and turn the lathe off when turning away to sharpen. It gives a chance to see the progress of the work and prevents one from accidentally turning into a moving surface.
A few simple steps ensure sharp tools without hassle and make the whole process of wood turning much more enjoyable.

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