Tormek Sharpener

What is a Tormek Sharpener?

A Tormek sharpener is a water cooled sharpening system that is used for sharpening almost every hand tool we use in the workshop. It consists of a 250mm diameter grinding wheel that rotates through a water trough and some flat and profiled leather wheels that are used for the final polish.

Why use a Tormek Sharpener?

The Tormek Sharpener is the only sharpening machine you will need to use for the hand tools in the machine workshop. It can be used for bench chisels, carving chisels, hand planes and turning tools. There are jigs and guides to make sure the sharpening angles remain correct and the leather wheels give the tools a razor sharp edge. As the Tormek sharpener is water cooled there is no risk of damaging the tool cutting edge through overheating and, combined with the slow rotating wheel, is the safest machine to use for sharpening hand tools.


The Machine Workshop offers a range of training to help you learn how to use different tools. This training includes:

  1. Machine Workshop Website

    Read through the website to get an understanding of what the Workshop offers.

  2. Attend a Level 03 Machine Specific Safety Induction

    Attend a Level 03 Machine Specific Safety Induction available every weekday afternoon from 1:00pm - 2:00pm during Open Access hours.

  3. Attend Open Access Session

    Additional training and assistance as required can be provided during Open Access times. Just ask one of the Machine Workshop technicians if you have any questions or need any support.


  • The tools located in the Forbo Model Making Space require you to complete of the Level 01 Online Induction.
  • Tools located in the Machine Workshop require you to complete both the Level 01 Online Induction and Level 02 In Person Induction.
  • Prior to using any of these tools for the first time check with staff on their proper usage.
  • Students and staff who have completed Level 0, 1, 2 and 3 on relevant machines are able to access the Machine Workshop during Open Access, 1:00pm - 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
  • The workshop encourages you to learn the tools available and complete your own work. It is a requirement for you to discuss your work with workshop staff prior to commencing any work.
  • You do not need to book a time, just complete the required training and come in during an Open Access afternoon session to get assistance with tools and your project. Make sure to bring drawings and a clear idea to discuss with staff so they can assist you.


There is no cost to students for the use of this equipment, however materials should be supplied by the student.

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