Sharpening - Techniques, Jigs and Grinders

  • 16 Jul 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Multnomah Arts Center - Cottage 5
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  • Includes a discounted NWWT membership for this year

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Sharpening – Techniques, Jigs and Grinders

Bring all your tools and leave with them sharp

Date: Saturday, July 16, 9:00 – 1:00

Location: MAC Center - Cottage 5

Price: $50 for members, $80 for non-members (includes a free discounted NWWT membership)


One of the most critical skills all turners need to perfect is how to sharpen their tools – both for the quality and enjoyment of turning but more importantly – dull tools are dangerous.  If you already know how to sharpen your tools, ask yourself; “Can I do it better, easier, or faster and can I get all my tools sharper?”


  • Understand different types of steel - what is the difference between a $20 tool and a $120 tool
  • Hands on sharpening – we will have at least 3 grinders to practice on.  Bring all your tools.     
  • Try different wheels and jigs – we will have both stones and CBN wheels, Oneway and other jigs
  • Spindle and Bowl Gouges – how to reshape and sharpen different grinds from fingernail to traditional grinds
  • Skews – what shapes work best for different cuts
  • Scrappers – how best to sharpen straight and curved scrappers – how to get that burr
  • Parting Tools, Tips and other tools


  • What is Sharp
  • Angles – why do they matter
  • Burrs – what to do with a burr
  • Honing – yes or no
  • When to re-sharpen – once a day is probably not the right answer
  • Negative rake scrappers — what are they, how to make a traditional scrapper a negative rake scrapper, and why you might want to do that


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