Stone type?

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Old 04-03-02, 05:46 PM
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Stone type?

My wife has taken an active interest in the lathe. Scared the hell out of me at first, but she is being slow, cautious, and shutting it down when she's not sure. She has a nice set of bowl gouges with a semetrical radius. I was able to rig up a sturdy jig to accomodate the rotation and the bevel. My question is what type of stone, and rpm have you found to work best for this type of gouge? Wet of dry?

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Old 04-03-02, 08:15 PM
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Hello Jack and Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site and my Sharpening forum.

I would suggest you try a white wheel wet stone first. The process of sharpening will be a bit slower but there will be less chance of overheating the steel.

If a wet stone is not available, light grinding with a fine grit wheel is okay. Keep a container of cold water handy. Dunk the tool often, to keep the tool cool and prevent bluing from overheating.

Water also acts as a lubricant when using a dry grinding wheel. So does white chalk.

Follow the existing angle and do the sharpening process in small amounts until the desired results are obtained. Hone the edges to remove burrs. Practice makes perfect.

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