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Introduction to Sharpening

Since ONEWAY's establishment, designers have devoted much time to the research and development of products that allow wood turners to more easily sharpen and maintain their tools.

Professional turners have two distinct advantages over the hobbyist turner when it comes to sharpening tools:

  1. Professional turners have a lot more experience at the grinder, so are more qualified to sharpen tools.
  2. Professional turners have more experience at the lathe, so they are better equipped to handle tools which behave differently. If they don't get exactly the same shape on their tool after they grind it, they can easily compensate, while the hobbyist may have more troubles from their tools if they don't behave in a predictable fashion.

Sharpening tools is a skill which takes many hours of practice and simply because a professional turner doesn't use a grinding jig doesn't mean it can't be an invaluable asset to the hobbyist. To sum up, anyone including professionals can and will benefit from a good grinding jig.

Oneway's Four Step Process for Sharpening:
ONEWAY has a simple four step program to make your grinder work and your tools look and behave the way they should.


Select wheels with the proper bond, grit and structure for your applications. The first secret to fast, efficient tool sharpening is choosing the correct wheels. ONEWAY's wheels have been selected to meet the needs of wood turners.


Balance your wheels to eliminate vibration. Vibration will cause poor finishes on your tools and eventually destroy the bearings and housings on your grinder. Balanced wheels will last longer, give better finishes and are easier to use. Tame your wheels with ONEWAY's Balancing Fixture.ONEWAY has devoted a lot of energy to help you make your bench grinder run smooth and quiet.


For best results, you must have the ability to dress your wheels with a system capable of removing 0.001" per dressing pass with good control and consistency. ONEWAY's Dressing attachment allows wheels to be dressed with a supported and adjustable diamond dresser. An accurately dressed wheel will grind cooler, last longer and give better finishes on tools. The ONEWAY Dressing Attachment is the only one which will fulfill all of these requirements at a low cost. A proper diamond dresser will save money and give better performance.


A grinding fixture or means to present your tools to the wheel at the proper angle is essential. The ONEWAY WOLVERINE Grinding System will grind gouges, scrapers, skews, carving tools and regular chisels. This system will achieve repeatable geometry with minimal grinding wheel and tool wear.


ONEWAY's Grinding System creates very little dust through wheel wear. It is our belief, proven by research, that a standard 1/2 to 1 horse power bench or pedestal grinder with 8" aluminums oxide wheels is the fastest and most economical way to achieve absolutely superb cutting edges.

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