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Messages - Peter Eaton

Thanks for the replies .

Yes I would love the Tormek Jig but at the moment I just cannot afford it so in the meantime just looking for a way of 'bringing some life' back to my drill bits.

Many thanks
Having bought my T8 and using it to sharpen my handmade knives using CBN wheels and paper wheels to incredible edges I thought it about time I utilised the T8 in order to sharpen my drill bits.

I have gotten into the habit of throwing away blunt drill bits and buying new but that's obviously wasteful.

So are there any jigs I can make for sharpening drill bits please?

I know I can buy the Tormek jig but for the amount of drills I sharpen it would not be a viable option where costs are concerned.


Knife Sharpening / Re: Front Vertical Base
November 29, 2019, 11:10:18 PM
You hit the nail on the head Ken!

I would imagine most folk who have a Tormek and use it on a regular basis will most likely want to strive for more in the way of learning as quite addictive  :)

More than likely, many are like me and it doesn't end there, for as with everything I do be it making my knives or other things like my hi fi system I always want to learn more.

Thanks for the input.

Knife Sharpening / Re: Front Vertical Base
November 29, 2019, 03:15:09 AM
Thanks guys  :) :) :) :)
Knife Sharpening / Re: Front Vertical Base
November 28, 2019, 12:19:46 PM
Quote from: jvh on November 27, 2019, 11:28:00 PM
Hi Peter,

I take the FVB as an extension to horizontal universal support bar (USB). It offers possibility of grinding wide knives, choppers etc. if the jig projection lenght exceeds ca 150 mm.

In addition, grinding with FVB gives me better control and is more ergonomic for me due its position while grinding away from the edge or honing.


Could you possibly send me the link please Ken as nothing coming up when I search.


Knife Sharpening / Re: Front Vertical Base
November 28, 2019, 12:14:14 PM
Many thanks for the replies Gents.

Knife Sharpening / Front Vertical Base
November 27, 2019, 02:43:35 PM
Having seen many thread regarding FVBs , what is the reason or advantage when using this?

I have thought about making one but obviously if it isn't going to give me an advantage of the CBN / paper wheels I use at present would there be any point? Though I see it would negate the need to use the paper wheels which might be advantage where speed of work is important.

Could someone please give me a bit more information and does any one have any plans please, though I have seen the thread posted just before mine and below.

Just want to see all the alternatives and have the information before I decide to spend time making one.

Finally I was looking a the Tormek  small knife holder but before I buy one are the any alternatives/hacks or home made versions on here?

I am sure I will get both as a gadget whore  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
I have been having the same issue with my paper wheels. The problem in my case and most likely yours is as follows.

Firstly the metal plates that are flat against the paper discs which are clamped tight will most likely be out of true. The solution is to get an engineer to turn them in a lathe so they spins perfectly. I did got a pal to do this on my set up and it solved the problem on one wheel.

The other issue which occurred on my set up was that the washer on the shaft of the buffer/grinder had play in it as it was slightly oversized. This meant that when the nut tightened against it and the washer against the metal plate on the outside of the paper wheel, the washer would be pushed outwards so that it wasn't central to the shaft. When the shaft spins there will be an in balance and a wobble will occur.

The solution to this it to have the faces of the nuts that sit against the washer turned so that there is a lip. That lip is less than depth of the thickness of the washer. The washer then sits over the lip and this locks the washer EXACTLY central on the nut, it is impossible for it to move when tigntened again against the metal plate. Everything will now be perfectly balanced to the shaft of the buffer which is the most important part of the whole setup.

You can then fine tune your wheels.

If my explanation isnt understood, just show an engineer what I have said and they will more than likely know and be able to help you for the price of a few beers, this is not a huge job to an engineer and most will have done this type of work when truing grinders and all sorts of running shafts on machines.

Bottom image shows the lip, top image shows the washer locked securely onto the aint going anywhere once tightend ))