Tool Rest for a Belt Sander for Sharpening


Introduction: Tool Rest for a Belt Sander for Sharpening

About: Working my dream job in the Telecom industry, so chances are, i'll never have time to respond to comments or messages, nothing personal.

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.



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    2 years ago

    Personally, I like it ! my belt sander runs at 800FPS so that's pretty slow (the slowest grinder I have found is at 1725 rpm) and I have no worry of temper being removed with 400 or 600 grit sanding belts. All you are doing is touching up your chisels anyway. I really appreciate you sharing this with us. I am making one tomorrow. Very smart idea, thanks again.

    I might try this but add wing nuts and slots to the side supports so the elevation of the angle piece can be adjusted.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    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.

    I do like your tailgate-as-workbench mod. Not incredibly innovative, but kudos for having a cleaner truck bed than I. Nice one.

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