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Sharpening & Grinding

Good turning, carving and woodworking has to start with good tools, well sharpened.  Now whilst getting hold of good tools is simply a matter of buying the right tools with the right advice - such as from The ToolPost - correct sharpening is a matter of individual skill.  That essential skill is not usually quickly or easily learnt.  Happily, there are a few systems that can help make the process of sharpening turning tools a whole lot easier, if not exactly foolproof (what ever is?). 

Of course, there are many different ways of sharpening all types of tools and one of the most versatile and highly regarded is the wetstone system produced by Tormek in Sweden, which features a jig to accommodate just about any tool type which you can imagine.  There is no doubt that the edge produced using this superb wetstone system is unrivalled and it is to be recommended for use in a wide range of applications in cabinetmaking, wood carving and woodturning.

Right:  The Tormek T-7 Water Cooled Sharpening System

Below:  The Oneway Wolverine Sharpening Jig.

Tormek T-7 - the ultimate sharpening system.
Oneway Wolverine sharpening jig mounted on high speed bench grinder

If you are using a high speed grinder for sharpening your tools - and most woodturners do - then a good jig system is essential.  The Wolverine system from OneWay is right out of the top drawer in this respect and is the system favoured by many of the world's "top" turners.  Unlike so many systems which are supplied in a basic form that makes it all but impossible to sharpen any but a select few types of turning tool, the Wolverine is fully equipped, out of the box, to sharpen all of the commonly-used woodturning tools, with options available for the more sophisticated shapes such as the Celtic grind, for dressing the wheels square and true, for grinding bench chisels and plane irons and even for balancing grinding wheels.

We also provide the range of Pro Edge Sharpening System as well as the sharpening jigs produced by Robert Sorby, including the ingenious Fingernail Profiling Jig which reduces the task of grinding a fingernail profile to a simple mechanistic process.  The range also includes a straightforward grinding platform and a deluxe model which incorporates both the platform and the fingernail profiler in a single unit.  For anyone who has struggled to regrind a Celtic bowl gouge, as featured on many Hamlet (and other) tools, then the Hamlet Celtic Grinding Jig will be an invaluable aid.   Add to that the Profile-Pro guides and there really is no excuse for failing to produce a correct grind every time!

And if you're finding yourself a little baffled by the terms used in grinding and would like a clear picture of what bevel angles to use for the various tools, then why not treat yourself to a set of Tool Sharpening Guide Wallcharts? 

We offer a range of other grinding accessories as well as a selection of great value high speed grinders.

As ever, we are happy to answer your questions on tool sharpening but you can be sure that with the sharpening tools, systems and accessories shown in this section, you'll have far fewer problems to discuss! 

1997-2011 P. Hemsley.  The information on this website is the copyright property of Peter Hemsley.  Coeur du Bois and The ToolPost are trading styles of Peter Hemsley.  Whilst reasonable efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, no liability can be accepted for errors in this information nor for contingencies arising therefrom.  If you are inexperienced in any aspect of woodworking, we would strongly counsel that you take a course of formal instruction before commencing to practice