Sharpening workshop tooling is probably the most diverse task in the home workshop
both with the number of quite different tools to be sharpened and with the contrasting
methods of carrying out the task. This could be anything between just holding the
tool manually to using an industrial tool and cutter grinder.
I am showing just two common lathe tools being sharpened and being done using my
advanced grinding rest.
Photo 1 shows a knife tool after sharpening and rather than using the recognised
terms for the three faces I am calling them front, top and end.
Photo 2 shows the front face being ground with the rest tilted to provide one angle
whilst the position of the holder on the swivel base sets the angle relative to the
length of the tools shank. This angle is maintained as the swivel base slides along
the side of the fence to its left.
Photo 3 shows the end face being ground with the top face being ground in
Whilst some will grind tools by hand I could not myself achieve the result seen if
I attempted it myself. For more details on this, also sharpening other workshop tools,
follow this LINK
Photo 5 shows three boring tools ground using the rest and having shank diameters
of 4, 5 and 6mm. Photo 6 shows the top face being ground with the front face being
ground in Photo 7.
Photo 8 shows the shank being thinned on one side and the end face being ground on
For each face the angles are set by the angle of the rest and the angle of the tool
on the swivel base. For more details on grinding boring tools follow this LINK
For more details of the grinding rest seen in the setups follow this LINK
The setups shown are using my advanced grinding rest for the tasks being undertaken.
However, my basic grinding rest works very similarly and will, with just a little
extra care, produce equally good results using the same methods.