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    Sanding belt for sharpening

    I am setting up my Jet belt sander (6x48) to sharpen lathe tools. What is a recommendation for grit and type of belt to use for sharpening. I know that there are metal grinding belts available but what other types can also be used to do wood?

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    I use 120 as a general sharpening grit on the sorby proedge. Ceramic seems to be the only thing that holds up to high speed steel. 60 is good for shaping. You have to be careful not to burn the steel!
    Where did I put those band aids?

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    Do ceramic belts cut wood well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie Kopfer View Post
    Do ceramic belts cut wood well?
    Nope. If I remember correctly, ceramic abrasive is like a flat top pyramid shape. Not pointed like aluminum oxide. https://www.sandpaper.com/articles/a...the-right-one/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Coers View Post
    Nope. If I remember correctly, ceramic abrasive is like a flat top pyramid shape. Not pointed like aluminum oxide. https://www.sandpaper.com/articles/a...the-right-one/
    Very informative, thanks for the link!
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