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Lathe: Sharpening Knives

Host David Thiel and master wood turner Lowell Converse demonstrate the proper technique for sharpening knives used with the lathe.

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Photo 3 of 4To sharpen a bowl gouge, use a jig that adjusts to fit the tool.

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Slide the tool into a slot in the jig. The same amount of the tool that should be exposed every time you sharpen the tool. To that end, attach a board to the table in front of the bench grinder one inch from the edge of the table. When you set the cutting edge against the board, you can set the sharpening jig to stop at the edge of the table, exposing exactly one inch of the tool each time.

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