Turning Archive 2008

Subject:
John Jordan Hollowing Tool

Barry Turner
>I bought the above at the TAW Symposium. I was in the shop this morning preparing to try out these tools and discovered that the tool bit in the gooseneck hollower was not very sharp. So, I decided to just sharpen the tool bit using the sharpening fixture that I also bought. I took the bit out and fastened it in the sharpening fixture.

I had assumed these jigs were designed to work with the Wolverine system, but I don't seem to be able to be able to get the right angle on the bit no matter where I positioned the Wolverine arm. Is there something else I need to do? The tool bit comes into contact very low on the grinding wheel, well below center. I even tried the bit in the fixture upside down, but that didn't work either.

I finally gave up and freehand sharpened the bit. I have to wonder if the fixture needs an extension on it's arm or something? What do you think? What am I doing wrong? Are there some instructions that I failed to get with my purchase? Thanks.

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