Turning Archive 2004

Subject:
How sharp is sharp enough for turning?

Brian Gray in Sandusky, OH
>My question really is towards gouges. Scrapers are simple to sharpen. My parting tools, skews, and bedans get put to the stones where they get razor-sharp.

But my gouges generally get put to a slow-speed grinding wheel, and then a strop or slip-stone to remove the burr.

Is this enough? At times, I notice that the shavings that hit the back of my hand can get pretty darn hot.

I own a tormek, and could very easily buy the gouge jig to get my gouges much closer to razor sharp...but it's probably a slower process than the grinder.

Thoughts?

Also, thanks for helping out with a beginner question.

bg

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