Woodturning 101 – Video 4 – How to Sharpen

Do you struggle to get sharp, properly shaped tools when you sharpen? You’re not alone, most woodturners do.  Having sharp tools is critical to overall success, ease of cutting, and increased enjoyment.  

In this video, Kirk DeHeer will take you step-by-step through the process of shaping and sharpening tools so that your tools cut cleaner, leave a better finish, and reduce the time needed for sanding.  All without the frustration and reduced tool life that comes with free-hand sharpening.  He will also show you how to re-shape your tools to the correct profile with a simple trick or two.

In our Dale L. Nish Workshop program, we teach students how to create perfectly ground tools using the Oneway Wolverine Sharpening System with Vari-Grind jig in combination with Raptor Set-Up Tools.  Together, they offer woodturners simplicity, repeatability, and superior results overall.  When you’re done watching this video, you’ll know how to properly sharpen your tools so they are razor-sharp and ready to help you reach your full potential as a woodturner.  

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8 thoughts on “Woodturning 101 – Video 4 – How to Sharpen”

  1. I have enjoyed all four of the videos by Mr. DeHeer; learning something valuable with each one. I recommend them all (as well as any to follow).

    Thank you Craft Supplies USA! Once this COVID thing settles down, I would love to come there again to take a class from Mr. DeHeer.

    • Great question! Unfortunately, there is no easy way to test a tool – but the good news is that almost all modern turning tools are high-speed steel and won’t be a problem on a CBN wheel. Most manufacturers also stamp their tools (HSS, M2, M42, etc.) – if you see a stamp on the steel you can look it up online and be certain. If it is shaped for turning, then it is most likely high-speed (unless it is a very old tool).
      With CBN, you want to avoid things like your gardening tools, lawnmower blade, or the sharpening platform touching it – mild steel items.
      As always, if you have a specific tool that you aren’t sure about, give us a call at 1-800-551-8876 and we can help determine if it is high-speed steel or not!


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