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Tool rest for CBN after a Tormek

Derek Cohen (in Perth, Australia)
Wiley, since you are familiar with and use the Tormek, add the BGM-100 kit to the 8” grinder you purchase. Basically you end up with a Tormek which is faster cutting and less messy.

You must be familiar with my review of CBN wheels I wrote a few years back. I have posted it many times. The relevance of doing so again is two-fold:

Firstly, there are wheels that benefit turners and thise that benefit flat woodworkers. The wheels for the latter are those without any corner radius.

Secondly, the use of a BNM-100 creates a straight and smooth grind, ala Tormek. You can really pick up the difference between an 80- and 180 grit wheel. Go for the 180 grit. I grind to the edge of the blade, and the 180 is often smooth enough to skip a 1000 stone for the first couple of honings (I hone frequently, so the wear bevel is minimised).

Link: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/WoodworkTechniques/UltimateGrindingSharpeningSetUp.html

For reference, my grinder is an 8” half speed. Speed is still important as you can burn steel with CBN. Friction creates heat. The steel wheels are a big heat sink, and help. A light touch helps as well.

Regards from Perth


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