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 Post subject: Sharpening Station / Tool maintenance
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:52 pm 
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To pull this topic off the other thread and start here.

Several of us have mentioned this over the time I have been a member, and most know that tool maintenance is key to having top quality work and safety.

I had pulled a 6 foot section of laminate counter top and had been intending to create a electrical bench (not electronics, but simple stuff) and then as we expanded and I had to do some work with our tools, I was reminded of how much time my old shop teacher preached about tool maintenance and safety.
(I expect to chop the counter top down to a smaller size, but that is open, and I would like to have it at sitting height, not bench height, but that is also open)

So here were my thoughts.

Basics: A place set up to sharpen tools, and perform basic maintenance on the portable ones.
To start with a simple diamond sharpening stone (Harbor Freight $10), some steel wool, some mineral oil (or your favorite type) a paper towel dispenser and a lamp.
I have also bought a tool shop low end grinder that i will offer up, though we will want to change out the stones, and it does have the flexi-wand.

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Drill bit sharpening tool
More advanced sharpening stones / paddles / blocks to suit the round, smaller, odd shaped stuff.
Print out and laminate guides to sharpening tools, just in case somebody questions what to do ( or whatever the reason)


So what am I missing (besides a magnifying glass for myself)


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 Post subject: Sharpening Station / Tool maintenance
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:06 pm 
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Excellent. I've got a lamp that I can bring in for starters, it used to be my bedside lamp, with a flexible gooseneck stand and a small incandescent bulb. I also commandeered a small piece of granite from the samples in the art room downstairs, and I picked up a few other bits and bobs.

I also picked up a cheap drill bit sharpener at a garage sale. It is intended to be attached to a corded power drill to spin the stone. That box was $3 and actually included two of the devices. Now, this is only a temporary fix. Those are a low-end version, and poor substitue for something like a drill doctor set-up, but it is probably better than nothing.

Given your suggestions, Booka, I think a good place for the station might be in or in front of the shop office. I suggest there because I prefer water stones for sharpening, and there is a water tap there, I think. We can either of us talk to John and/or Tony, but I'm sure this is a desirable piece of the Hack Factory puzzle.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening Station / Tool maintenance
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:18 pm 
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Good, I will dig out the counter top and get it down there with some two by fours to build a base as well as the grinder and stone I have now. As of now (subject to change) I have Tuesday free, so I will most likely bring it down in the morning and we can see what / how things look, and give others a chance to make suggestions based on what is there.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening Station / Tool maintenance
PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:19 pm 
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Cool,

I have a grinder I keep put away that I use just for sharpening lathe tools, this sounds like the perfect home for it. I bought a nice white (Silica maybe) stone on it for this purpose and it works quite well. I have a grinding wheel dresser for it as well. It's not a slow or wet grinder, but would be great for general sharpening.

Someday I'd like to get one of these.

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http://www.grizzly.com/products/8-Grinder-Sharpener/T10097

Let me know if the bench moves elsewhere.

Pete


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening Station / Tool maintenance
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:46 pm 
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I've got a grinder I'm willing to donate to make it a variable speed wet/dry grinder. I love making tools and making existing tools better.

Also, anyone willing to show a novice how to sharpen knives on a grinder? I ruined a throwing knife trying to teach myself sharpening. No big loss as the throwing knife had been messed up by me trying to learn throwing knives.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening Station / Tool maintenance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:27 pm 
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Be nice if someone could show me how use a wet stone properly. Any ideas about drill bit sharpeners? I have an old one at home but honestly it's not very good :(


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 Post subject: Sharpening Station / Tool maintenance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:20 pm 
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Once we get a station up and running, I think a sharpening class is almost certainly going to happen. In the mean time, catch me at the shop some time. And I'll cover the basics with you.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening Station / Tool maintenance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:02 pm 
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I brought in a counter top, but let other distractions lead me away from bringing in the 2by4's to build the bench. I will see if I can get to it next week, between the other distractions I get to deal with.

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