Are expensive grinding jigs necessary?
I hope you guys who have been grinding turning tools for decades don't take offence at this quick photo-shoot by a first-timer.
After watching Mike Darlow's DVD's on sharpening turning tools, using heaps of expensive looking jigs, he demonstrated grinding gouges and skew chisels freehand using only a simple adjustable tool rest, the sort sold everywhere and made in Taiwan. He made it look so easy that I just had to try it and wow, it really is easy as shown in the shots
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