Most professional knife sharpeners use bench grinders for employing their craft. I could do professional work with a $50 bench grinder and a few pieces of brazed scrap steel for a rest, and spend less time on the grinder and stones than you do on the tormek (and get a better edge). I would use hand whetstones from several companies before I would trust a grinder to put a fine edge on a tool IMHO. When making knives grinding the bevels is often the hardest part.On this page you will find a variety of grinder and bevel Jig information that should make knife bevel grinding much easier. u/forest_faunus_ 1 year ago. And dont forget to post pics, or it never happened!!! The hollow off the tormek doesn't hang in as long as a 6 inch grinder hollow does - it's not as deep, and you have to keep water in it. I don’t sharpen knives on bench grinders. If the edge isn't square, mark a line across the back, set the tool rest to 90 degrees, and grind the tip blunt at 90. The same gently controlled touch you use to keep the tool steel cool will help you keep from grinding the corners away if that's your concern and as you're producing a good bevel quicker, the tool will be cooler still. Jeeez, , gloves and eye protection would be the last of my protection worries!! I'd use the belt sander, in fact, that's what I've used. Subscribe to Fine Woodworking today and get our lowest price of the season - only $20 for one year. And the prospect of now learning how to grind a bevel on a conventional 6 or 8-in. I often use a worn wheel disc sander and sometime just a grinding wheel(fine grit). Get woodworking tips, expert advice and special offers in your inbox. A bench grinder is a useful tool that is used to carry out significant tasks of woodworking and knife repair. Currently in the traditional shop craft community, making spoons and knives seems to be all the rage. To assure the bevel on your tool steel is going to be ground square to the sides, before grinding simply place a small machinists square across the back or flat of the tool, referenced to one of the sides and with a red indelible marker draw a line encompassing the extreme edge behind the bevel going back about 1/32". But then I tried this amazing technique, recommended by Joel Moskowitz, from Tools for Working Wood, which was taught to him by an old-school guy from Europe. thedude50...in reading you comment I though I was reading smart-assed comments that get posted on Facebook all the time. For even more information about this technique, be sure to check out Joel Moskowitz’s 2008 article. Very small area of contact it just makes a bunch of grooves. slow speed bench grinder always seemed akin to learning how to drive with a Mercedes, and switching to a ’78 Pinto. Sure, there are differences of opinion on many subjects but for lands sake there is no need to speak of the author the way you did. You're on the right track but as a former professional cutter-grinder I think I can offer some tips that will save money and time. Become an UNLIMITED member and get it all: searchable online archive of every issue, how-to videos, Complete Illustrated Guide to Woodworking digital series, print magazine, e-newsletter, and more. Here it is: Grind the shape on any abrasive wheel. When I draw file I use a sharp single cut file. We have created these special content collections organized to give you a deep dive into a range of topics that matter. So we took tool steel, ground the desired shapes and did the final sharpening with the buffer wheel and white diamond compound. I am sorry your too poor to own a Tormek maybe one day you will find one on Craig's List for a good price. Use gloves and eye protection and be very careful using this method. Check out this short video which details how easy it is for beginner and novice knife makers to grind beautiful bevels with the NEW Tilt Table bevel grinding tool rest. It focuses the grinding action on one part of the edge at a time, making it much easier to control. click to enlarge: Dress the wheel—Use a diamond tipped wheel dresser and a light touch to add a slight crown to the grinding wheel.A 1/64-in.
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