Lathe Sharpening and Tool Cart

I’ve had my grinder on a Harbor Freight tool cart for the past year.  I don’t have any more bench space in my shop so a mobile solution was all I had left.  Plus skinning the sides with tools works pretty well and its nice having some shelf space.

Gouges on the left, scrapers on the right, with skews, parting tools, and a drill on back.  It’s nice being able to put my grinder and tools right where I want them while turning and then tuck them away when doing something else.

However the lower shelves are only moderately useful because they’re short and deep, and they also fill up with chips.  I couldn’t find a cheap (say $100 or less) tool cabinet with drawers all the way down and a solid top, so I was planning on just building a small two-drawer box to sit in the bottom space.

So off I went to Menard’s to get plywood, drawer slides, and pulls.  On a whim I checked out their tool storage area and found a pretty damn good cart!  It’s just wide enough to accommodate the Tormek jig arms and the price was right.

 

I re-used the tool holders but did make a new top from some 2x material.  Some drawer dividers and I was ready to go!  It holds much more than the old cart and should do a better job of keeping the chips out.

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Veritas Strking Knife Sharpening Jig

The thin profile of Veritas’ Striking Knife makes it pretty versatile but at the same time hard to sharpen.  It’s very small so there’s little bevel to “feel” for and the blade material is bendy so it’s hard to keep in the exact same orientation while sharpening.

Consequently over time mine will loose its nice pointed end and flat sides and it can’t reach into tight corners.  To help me re-establish a nice flat bevel I use a really simple “jig”, just a scrap of wood with two 25° slots cut into it.

The jig then holds the marking knife up against the flat side of my CBN wheel.  The 220-grit finish from the wheel isn’t great so I then finish up with my usual honing routine.

This slot-in-a-block-of-wood type jig could be used against a normal bench grinder (front of wheel of course), belt sander, or even to hold the knife for hand-sharpening on stones.