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The sharpener is fairly quick to make, this prototype took about an hour to assemble and cost approx £2- and the good bit is it works a treat. Sharpening on the diamond plate is quick and removes very little steel, about six passes on each side is all it takes to restore the sharp edge . The idea is not mine, it comes from the plane iron sharpening guide and i have also made ones for my parting tools with equal success.
Ooooh! I like that. I have one of the guides for wood chisels, which I never use because I prefer to do my chisels freehand the way I was taught. I like that idea for square scrapers & parting tools though. I never gave using a slip stone or similar a thought for turning tools. I know some guys use diamond cards as they turn, on skew chisels to keep them dressed.
I’ve just picked up a pair of in-line skates from freecycle for a steady rest project, but will have 3 wheels left over – complete with bearings.
The cogitation has begun. If I only had more time. I really need to get rid of this day job malarkey…. 😀