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Tool Sharpening Introduction

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by Jason Carnes

A good example of a woodturner grinder.


The idea is simple, sharp tools cut better, do not damage the wood, and are safer to use.  A dull tool will drive you crazy and cause all kinds of problems when you are turning.  Once you start reading up on the subject your mind will start wondering what you have gotten yourself into as everyone has an opinion and their own system.  I suggest you ask several master woodturners how do they sharpen their tools before you spend any money.

The following is my recommendation.


Basic Starter Setup


1) You will need a grinder.

2) Your grinder wheel should be 8".

3) You want a low/slow speed grinder (1750 RPMs).

4) Do not get a high speed grinder.

5) It does not need to be variable speed.

6) You will need aluminum oxide grinding wheels.

7) Wait for a sell if you can, I bought mine for 100 bucks.

8) You will need a sharpening jig system.

OneWay Wolverine Grinding Jig

The base system will help you sharpen spindle turning tools.  With additional accessories you can sharpen more tools.


View a video that gives an indepth tour of the OneWay Wolverine Grinding Jig and how it works.


There are two additional accessory that are used to sharpen bowl gouges and the skew chisel.

OneWay Wolvering Skew Jig

This an accessory to the OneWay Wolverine Grinding Jig system that helps you sharpen a skew chisel.

View a video that gives an indepth tour of the OneWay Wolverine accessories.

The roughing gouge tool shown is not included.

The skew chisel tool shown is not included.

OneWay Wolverine Vari-Grind Jig

This accessory to the OneWay Wolverine Grinding Jig system will help you sharpen bowl gouges.  If you want to make bowls, this tool is very helpful.

There is a Vari-Grind v2 out too.  Both accessories work fine, the Vari-Grind 2 is a little more expensive but it does give a little better stability.

I think the Vari-Grind one is a better buy because not only is it cheaper but it also has a better workflow in my opinion.