another AGM idea

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another AGM idea

Postby robin wood » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:43 am

I think in my very early woodworking days the single best help I had was a visit to a local power turner for a sharpening demo. Watching demos at the agm is all very well but if you do not have sharp tools at home you will not replicate the lovely clean shavings you saw folk producing. I think we may have had once or twice in the past a sharpening demo but the ideal would be a workshop session, that is somewhere where a beginner can take their tools and be shown how to sharpen them. I would like to see 4 or 5 sharpening stations set up with waterstones, maybe a tormek on hand in case any really trashed tools turn up and a rotor of skilled folk to man it and help folk with sharpening issues.

I think it would be good for APT to invest in the waterstones, anyone game for setting it up and running it? or volunteering to do a stint?

Anyone think its a good idea or not?
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Re: another AGM idea

Postby axel » Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:20 am

A great idea, very few folk really understand the discipline. Having said that, I doubt that you'll find two "experts" that agree on how tools should be sharpened!
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Re: another AGM idea

Postby Bob_Fleet » Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:17 pm

Great idea.
As Axel says it might be hard to get agreement but that's positive thing and the different preferences can be explored.
I'm sure that my gouges have a slightly different shape to others and except for someone demonstrating sharpening I've seldom seen a text book fingernail profile.

Has anybody got a hand turned stone fastened on their lathe bed? Anyone modified one to turn by foot?
Loads of scope here.

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Re: another AGM idea

Postby paul atkin » Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:59 pm

sounds like a great idea, the first thing i was taught 30yrs ago as a carpenter was which tool to use, the second was how to look after it and sharpen it, if i can make it to the BB i will gladly spend some time showing folks how to put a good edge on.
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Re: another AGM idea

Postby Robin Fawcett » Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:03 pm

paul atkin wrote: if i can make it to the BB i will gladly spend some time showing folks how to put a good edge on.


What's all this "if I can make it" Paul ?
You're in Yorkshire and so is the Bodger's Ball.
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Re: another AGM idea

Postby paul atkin » Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:11 pm

Robin Fawcett wrote:
paul atkin wrote: if i can make it to the BB i will gladly spend some time showing folks how to put a good edge on.


What's all this "if I can make it" Paul ?
You're in Yorkshire and so is the Bodger's Ball.



i will be there if i can robin, things are a bit up in the air at the moment :roll:
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Re: another AGM idea

Postby simon » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:42 am

Bob asks if anyone has a stone turned by foot.


I have a small bench grinder worked from a sewing machine treadle. Image later, work calls.
Make it, mend it, wear it out,
Make it do or do without.
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Re: another AGM idea

Postby simon » Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:56 pm

I found the grinder at a boot fair....£4 Then I had to be patient untill I came across a treadle that was complete. Many have the workings removed to make them into tables.

It works fine for light work, but if you press too hard it just stops, so it is hard to over heat the tool.

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Not sure I want to lug it up to the BB though.
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Re: another AGM idea

Postby Mark Allery » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:48 pm

I'll be very happy to contribute to this idea in some way if I can,

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Re: another AGM idea

Postby Bob_Fleet » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:26 pm

I've been talking to Ralph about a "Toolcare tent" at the BB after RobinF prodded me.

Sharpening, grinding everything from knives to chainsaws (taking in another thread).
Nice to see Nicola and Robin with their Autosol again.

Another good thread on wet and dry would be good to follow up.

Volunteers to give talks, demos etc. etc. needed.

Anyone got examples of tool pitting from 'acid' woods. Sorry but I've always wiped mine afterwards but Olive wood is pretty corrosive if you don't clean it off.
Anyone used Camelia oil?
Anyone want to bring a Tormek?

Loads of scope here so let me know.
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Re: another AGM idea

Postby gavin » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:45 pm

fleetpeople wrote:Anyone want to bring a Tormek?

Yes, I can bring Tormek which I will sell at the auction. It is the old type you fit an electric drill into - sold to me by Mike Abbott himself about 1989, so it has history!
If you get a better offer of a Tormek with a motor and/ or leather stropping wheel, then let me know. It will then bypass your tent and just go to the auction, with no reserve. :D
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