In order to enjoy this craft using steel turning tools, you must learn how to sharpen them. The two activities — sharpening steel and turning wood — go hand in hand. For most of us, that means starting our turning sessions with a trip to the bench grinder. If it’s working properly, sharpening the tool you want to use will literally take a minute or two and not much more. But if your grinder threatens to walk off your bench when you start it, or if applying an edge to the wheel is more akin to skipping stones than smooth, silky grinding, your grinder’s wheels need an overhaul. That’s where Bob Geiger’s “Tuning Up a Bench Grinder” overview will help. In this AAW feature article, Bob will walk you through the process of eliminating wobble and truing the wheels to bring your grinder back up to tip-top working condition again. The difference this effort makes will keep paying dividends every time you need a fresh, sharp edge.
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal