How to Sharpen a Bedan Wood Lathe Tool

Updated February 28, 2017

A variety of tools can be used with your wood-turning lathe. The key to success for wood turning is not only getting enough practice, it is also using properly sharpened tools. Learning how to sharpen your Bedan wood-turning tools will help you to keep the best edge on your tools. You should regularly examine the blade of your tools to recognise when you need a quick sharpening for slightly dull blades or a deeper sharpening with a grinder.

Hold your Bedan tool in one hand and hold a diamond edge file in the other.

Make a long downward stroke with the diamond file, towards the sharpest point on the blade of your Bedan tool. Only move in one direction, away from the back of the lathe tool.

Repeat this process until the blade is sharpened to your liking.

Use a permanent marker to make a mark across the Bedan tool where you will be sharpening it. This will act as a guide to let you know when you have taken off enough of the surface to sufficiently sharpen the blade.

Turn your grinder on. Hold the blade of your lathe tool so that the angle of the blade is parallel to the grinder. Make sure you have a good grip on the handle of the tool. Slowly bring the blade towards the grinder until it makes contact. Hold the blade there. Continue to grind until the mark you make on the blade is gone. Check the blade every minute or so to check on the process.

Remove the tool from the grinder and turn the grinder power off.


Wear safety glasses and gloves while you do this procedure.

Things You'll Need

  • Permanent marker
  • Diamond blade sharpener
  • Grinder
  • Bedan tool
  • Safety glasses and gloves
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