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Now that I have a lathe, I had to buy lathe tools, having bought lathe tool I needed to sharpen them. I have a grinder, but right now it doesn't work, so I built this jig from the remains of a homebuilt router table. The rest needs to be one inch further back and the front of the rest needs to be relieved but it works and it took just an hour to design and build. I'm going to get a 400 grit belt off of amazon for it.
 
Atarimark4 years ago
I might try this but add wing nuts and slots to the side supports so the elevation of the angle piece can be adjusted.
Tool Using Animal (author)  Atarimark4 years ago
That's a good idea.
RBobbitt5 years ago
Now just add this to the belt sander stand ...
abssorb6 years ago
Unfortunately the heat from the friction will take the temper away from carbon steel. Normally carbon steel requires a wet stone on a powered sharpener.
Tool Using Animal (author)  abssorb6 years ago
Lathe tools are sharpened quickly and never touch the belt long enough to lose their temper.
Oooooooh! Cool! My dad would probably like to have one of these. Are you going to post an Instructable?
Tool Using Animal (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
No, sorry, I was "doing it for fun" and didn't take pictures.
Thank you, you gave them the right answers. You are one cool guy.
shooby7 years ago
Why didn't you miter the edge closest to the belt, so that you can get approx. 10cm closer to it. More stability, for not much extra work. Good idea though.
Tool Using Animal (author)  shooby7 years ago
I looked at the jig systems most turners use, the tool is supported at the tip and at the end of the handle and unsupported along the 16-24 inch length, I figured this was "good enough".
From the the photo of the tool being sharpened, it looks as though the tool is not supported at the tip, but 1-2inches away from the tip.
Tool Using Animal (author)  shooby7 years ago
let me clarify, the average grinder sharpening jig has a test for the end of the handle and the tip is supported by the grinding wheel. If they aren't worried about the deformation over that distance, I'm not going to either.
test=rest
hay_jumper7 years ago
I do like your tailgate-as-workbench mod. Not incredibly innovative, but kudos for having a cleaner truck bed than I. Nice one.
Tool Using Animal (author)  hay_jumper7 years ago
That's not a work bench, it's a photo studio ;-)