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Here is a plan for building a sharpening system for your turning tools.  The plan was developed by two East Tennesseans, Josh Bowman and John K. Jordan. (Note the "K".  This is a different John Jordan than the one who demonstrated at our club a few years ago.) 

Here is an excerpt from Josh Bowman's comments on another forum. 

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Over the past weeks, John K. Jordan and myself have finalized a pretty good set of instructions to build a sharpening system cheap. It doesn't have an adjustable platform, but has plenty of adjustment in the gouge and skew jigs. I kept the platform fixed since most new turners only use the platform to sharpen scrapers and bits. But later one might be added to it. My goal was to focus on new turners and keep the choices limited so they will spend more time learning to use their tools instead of experimenting with different grinds. But that was just my opinion.
Anyway you can get a copy of the file at www.tristatewoodturners.com, look in the top right there is a link or go to the Articles page to download the PDF Cheap Sharpening System.
Feel free to use and distribute it.

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I recently rough-turned a good quantity of wet cherry. Midway through the work, when changing my chuck jaws to a larger set, I found that the screws that secure the jaws were very difficult to loosen. Moisture from the wood contributes to the screws locking in place. Another cause is the tendency to over-tighten the screws. 
Now, every time I switch chuck jaws, I apply an anti-seize lubricant to the screws to make it easier to back them out the next time. The jaw screws came with anti-seize compound on them from the manufacturer, but the lubricant needs to be replenished over time. 
The lubricant is commonly available at automotive supply stores. Chucks are not the only turning equipment that need anti-seize lubricant. The screws that secure carbide cutter inserts to a tool shaft can also be difficult to loosen. 
Leon Olson, Minnesota 
This article by Leon Olson, Minnesota
Published March 2017 in the Tennessee Association of Woodturners newsletter.
Reprinted here with permission of TAW.

 

 

 

 

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In this YouTube video Doug Thompson takes some of the mystery out of sharpening tools.  Ask ten woodturners how to sharpen a tool and you will get 10 different answers!  Doug does a great job of breaking the process down and making it understandable.
 

Doug Thompson Sharpening Video

 

 

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