Late Night Antics

It’s late, I’m tired, but cannot sleep because it is just too hot.  Which is ironic seeing as I’m about to head over  to a country where the night temp is not 30+C, but -10C

Being late, I didn’t want to disturb the neighbours, so it was a chance to try out the new Tormek T7 that arrived yesterday from Carroll’s Woodcraft Supplies.  If all else fails, sharpen!

I was also really, really curious to get to know just how the Tormek (at $1100) would compare to the Triton/Scheppach ($200), especially given the wheel on the Tormek alone is $300!

Tormek for some Sharpening

Even at this early stage, after dressing the wheel (and having the machine) and sharpening a couple of chisels, the machine excels.  It is hard to pin down just what it is that is making the difference.  The tool holder (for chisels) doesn’t skew the chisel off at an angle if you get the pressure uneven.  It is cast and machined, not folded metal.  There are stops on the arm so your tool doesn’t fall off the wheel.  There is a micro-adjuster on the arm, that really does make a difference.

The honing wheel isn’t oscillating widely from side to side (there is a little, but not as disturbing).

The large waterbath doesn’t pour water everywhere (there is a decent capture area.  And on and on – all little differences in themselves that add up to a massive difference at the tip of the chisel.

I was able to get (with care) a decent edge on the old watercooled grinder.  The degree of sharpness off the Tormek takes that to another level.


Hard to see,  but the first chisel now has a stunning mirror finish, front and back.  The handplane blade that I did (HSS) just before this one is scary-sharp (and no, I don’t mean the technique of using lots of grades of sandpaper).

The wheel is wide, and can be changed from 220 grit to 1000 grit with the provided stone grader.  The wheel can also be machined true with the provided dressing tool – this does need to be done with the wheel before first using it out of the box, but at least you have everything in the box that you need to get the grinder up and running.

I’ll be talking a lot more about this grinder/sharpener, including the upgrades to the T7 that have occurred, but my first impression of the T7 comes back to that old adage “you get what you pay for”.  In spades.

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