View Full Version : My homemade sharpening jig...

Dennis McGarry
11-08-2009, 9:14 PM
Well I got my grinder setup and built a sharpening jig for it. I used MDF scraps I had just to see if it will work. Plan on redoing it with some 3/4 ply for stability soon.

Also need to work on the end piece to work with sharpening the skew.

I have to say, if there is any new turners reading this, do yourself a HUGE favor and pick up a grinder, mine is a ryobi from the orange store, not a slow speed normal, with stock wheels. The jig took about an hour to make and BOY is there is difference in turning when you have a sharp tool!

Also included a pic of the messy I know lathe, I just love the shavings a sharp tool makes, did two pens in less then 45 mins! :)

Steve Schlumpf
11-08-2009, 9:21 PM
Congrats on your new sharpening jig! Judging by all shavings - it works quite well! Sharp tools always amaze you when they cut. With dull tools I am always amazed that I didn't sharpen sooner! When in doubt - sharpen!

Bernie Weishapl
11-08-2009, 9:48 PM
Looks like it will do the job and by the looks of the lathe it did work fine.

Alan Tolchinsky
11-08-2009, 11:02 PM
The proof IS in the shavings. Good job!

Ken Fitzgerald
11-08-2009, 11:34 PM

Glad it worked out for you!

Yup! There is nothing like turning with sharp tools!

Bill Bolen
11-09-2009, 1:52 PM
Dennis, and the pleasure of using a "homemade" tool is very high also. Great jig...Bill..