Actually our ancestors did have books on woodturning in 1850 and
considerably earlier than that. John Jacob Holtzapffel wrote several
volumes in the 1880's which reference earlier works. One reference was
"Panoplia Omnium" a work by Hartman Schopper, published at Frankfor-on-the
Main, 1568. This was the earliest representation of the pole lathe that
Holzapffel was familiar with.
I don't think they would be using glass paper for sharpening wood turning
tools then, but I would guess that hand powered stone wheels were probably
In spite of that I happen to agree with you about using sand paper to
sharpen your woodturning tools. It has several advantages over a grinder.
1. The sharpening surface doesn't wear like a grindstone, so your settings
are more repeatable.
2. When the sandpaper wears out it is much less expensive to replace.(and
it takes a very long time to wear out)
3. A sandpaper system's initial cost is lower.
I don't use a belt sander for my sandpaper system, but I have seen others
that work very well.
If you do get the grinder, get the larger diameter wheel. The wider wheels
are much easier to put a side grind on a bowl gouge with.
| try using your belt sander. forget all this nonsense about grinding wheels
| and angles,thats for the geeks,the geeks want to sell boooks and to make a
| mystery out of something very simple. did we have books on woodturning in
| > I was searching for low-speed grinders and came across this site:
| > www.jacquescoulombe.com. The company is Jacques Coulombe Ltee in
| > Montreal. They currently have General International 6" and 8"
| > 1800-rpm grinders on sale for $84.00 and $127.50 (Can.), respectively.
| > Their stock nos. are #15-600 for the 6" and 15-800 for the 8".
| > Jim