Sharpening Woodturning Tools

Sharpening Woodturning Tools

Turning tools usually have a more complex shape than a chisel or plane blade, so sharpening them can require different techniques and tools. This video shows how I like to keep my turning tools sharp and ready to go.

Product Sources:
Jimmy Clewes Turning Tools:
Rikon Low Speed Grinder:
WoodTurners Wonders CBN Wheel:
Oneway Wolverine Grinding System with Vari-Grind:

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  1. Mohamed Docrat on December 14, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Good video but sound quality is poor. I have my computer volume on 100% and YouTube on max and still sound is not good.

  2. J.M. Castilla on December 14, 2022 at 12:41 am

    great job
    thanks for your videos

  3. Greg J on December 14, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Good information but I will disagree with the comment that CBN wheels wear out. I’ve been using a CBN wheel for over 10 years and it shows no sign of wear. It does need to be cleaned periodically but I don’t think it will ever wear our.

  4. Jayme Johnson on December 14, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Thank you Logan. Great straight-forward summary of turning tool sharpening.

  5. Simon Rourke on December 14, 2022 at 12:56 am

    Great tips. Many thanks for your knowledge. Sharpening is my main failure but hopefully that will change. 👍👍👍

  6. C.k Kl on December 14, 2022 at 12:58 am

    good tips for the skew chisel, i didn’t know that before…thanks

  7. The Poor Man on December 14, 2022 at 1:01 am

    This was a fun video, I like to see how other people sharpen their turning tools. I personally will not use a bench grinder for anything, got my hand sucked into one when I was 23 almost lost my left middle and ring fingers, thankfully I still have them, just with a chunk missing from my ring finger that made my wedding band hard to size. Most people actually use a bench grinder or a shop fox for this task, I took some scrap maple and made 4 discs that I spray glue sandpaper to and attach to my lathes face plate for sharpening my turning tools, I figured if it can work as a disc sander it can sharpen my tools. Still loved the information and the presentation and I agree until you see it done or try to do it yourself reading about doesn’t necessarily do job of teaching

  8. wanda piedra on December 14, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Thanks .Good tips

  9. The Falcon on December 14, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Great video – learned a lot!

  10. Ed Carpenter on December 14, 2022 at 1:16 am

    I’ve never seen a scraper sharpened that way. I will be trying that method the next time I have to sharpen my scrapers. Thank you!

  11. Val Borchardt on December 14, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Oh thank you for those tips. Good to know how to sharpen tools. Much appreciated

  12. Michael Bradford on December 14, 2022 at 1:22 am

    May as well unsubscribe because I’m not able to purchace a thousand dollars just to buy all the tools needed to sharpen with a bench grinder!!! Sorry but I’m a long time framer and I buy a lot of tools that I need or want but I am practical in my choices.

  13. Mind of the trader on December 14, 2022 at 1:27 am

    Everything I’ve heard about CBN wheels is they last forever. You made a comment saying they wear out. What do you guys approximate the working life of one of these wheels to be? I’ve been looking into getting one and the cost is high so I’ve been shy about pulling the trigger

  14. Andrew Full on December 14, 2022 at 1:30 am

    Thanks for the instructions. Very clear and easy to follow. Just what I needed.

  15. Dave Anderson on December 14, 2022 at 1:32 am

    When using the vee arm guide there is a danger of pinching as the tool being ground gets jammed between the holder & the wheel. This could be extremely dangerous & cause catastrophic damage so would it not be better to have the grinder rotating the opposite way with a repelling action? Most grinders are easily turned around & the only negative aspect I can see would be that the grinding dust is thrown up instead of down but that is not really a problem. We are only grinding to sharpen so this would be a much safer way of doing it.