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    Hi
    One thing I have never been able to do is off hand sharpening of lathe tools
    so up till now I have always used indexable insert tools and when they get blunt or broken
    just replace the insert but they just dont make fine cuts like a HSS tool
    I do have one tool that uses HSS bits and thats a Diamond tangiental tool which came with a little jig
    to make sharpening simple as it sets all the angles for you automatically
    Recently I found Harold Halls web page and have been trying some of his projects with a lot of success
    like his tool for sharpeneing the end face of end mills
    Today I finished building his advanced grinding rest which was a fun build with turning , milling and dovetail cutting.
    I still have to make the accesories for holding round / square tools ready to be sharpened but hopefully I can soon start using HSS tools that I sharpened myself

    Here is the grinding rest to Harold Halls design

    Advanced Grinding Rest-agr-r.jpgAdvanced Grinding Rest-agr-l.jpg


    Regards
    Don

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    Woo that looks nice. Off hand is all well, and good. But nothing beats a proper tool rest. I have a sliding table tool rest I made for putting hollow grinds on plane, and chisel blades. The grind I can do with it is far superior to anything I can attempt to do by hand.

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    Thanks DonRecardo! We've added your Grinding Rest to our Sharpening category,
    as well as to your builder page: DonRecardo's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    It looks like something out of Star Wars, but it's NICE work!

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    I must admit when I look at it , I find I think of the film about the robot " Number Johnny 5 "

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonRecardo View Post
    I must admit when I look at it , I find I think of the film about the robot " Number Johnny 5 "
    Great job on that rest, DonRecardo. I need one and have been toying with a few ideas of my own. Nothing I've come up with is as good as that, though. If you don't mind, I'll take a few lessons from you?

    That movie is "Short Circuit". The sequel was a bit of a disappointment, but m whole family loved the first one.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Dave, Salt Spring Island, Canada

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    Very nice. Oh and Harold's web site is a must for anybody interested in machining.

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    Who's Harold, and where can I find his website, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davegsc View Post
    Who's Harold, and where can I find his website, please?
    My metalworking and other interests. Harold Hall

    A great website worth a browse.
    Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishy-steve View Post
    My metalworking and other interests. Harold Hall

    A great website worth a browse.
    Steve.
    This is one of the best jobs done I've seen anyone do before. Howard would be proud of you class of workmanship. Very very nice.
    Nelson

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