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tools: tools that may be of interest to potters

updated fri 20 apr 01


Bruce Girrell on thu 19 apr 01

Recently I got a catalog from one of the woodworking supply houses and sa=
what I believe is a new item. I thought that it may be of interest to som=

The item of note is a set of diamond "cones" intended for sharpening. The=
are three cones, available separately or as a set. All cones come in 600
grit only.

The smallest one is 4" long, tapers from 1/8" to 3/8" and has a handle. F=
all practical purposes, it is a rat tail file with diamond grit in place =
the teeth. I thought that this one might be particularly handy for enlarg=
holes that that have suffered from glaze encroachment.

The other two cones are actually half cones. If you look at them from an =
you see a C shape (not a D shape). When you hold them your finger fits
comfortably in the concave side and the grit is on the convex side. The 6=
cone tapers from 3/8" to 3/4" and the 8" cone tapers from 3/4" to 1 1/4".
These two would be useful for removing small pips of glaze or other
roughness on concave surfaces of pots. Flat diamond hones work well for
convex surfaces and the catalog has those, too.

The catalog where I found these tools is available from

560 Airport Industrial Park
P.O. Box 1686
Parkersburg, WV 26102-1686

The cones are made by DMT, which means that they should be available from
other woodworking suppliers as well.

I find that there are a lot of items in woodworking catalogs that serve v=
well for potters - glue dispensers (slip trailers), lazy susan bearings,
anti-fatigue mats, dust abatement devices, safety gear, grinders, scraper=
and - dare I say it? - a wide variety of sandpaper and flap sanders. For
someone doing fine cleanup of designs cut through the pot wall, there is
also abrasive cord, 0.03" dia and 0.055" dia.

Bruce "diamond in the rough" Girrell