I need a little help. I have a Tormek and the Jig for Gouges and turning
cutters (SVD-185). It works great to sharpen turning gouges. One drawback is
that jig only works for gouges one inch or less in width. The Tormek website
does not have any gouge jigs for anything any wider. I have two
one-and-a-quarter inch wide gouges that need sharpening. Has anyone come up
with a solution? I'm not brave enough to try and sharpen the gouges by hand.
Some general tips
There is a forum for Tormek users.
That's the best place to ask these sort of questions.
The guy who does the US support, Jeff Farris, answers frequently.
Also - check the book. You can download the PDF file.
Let me check..
I think you may need the SVS-50 (Multi-Jig). Accoring to the book it
can handle carving gouges 1" to 2" in width
It's described on page 68 in my book.
Thanks. I was just using the SVS-50 the other day to sharpen some skew
chisels. Did not realize it would work on wide gouges as well. I also
checked out the forum and discovered a few other little items I was not
Bottom line - 20 minuets with the Tormek and the right Jig and the gouge is
sharp enough to shave with. Neat and useful tool.
Are youb familiar with the Wolverine System by OneWay and it's clones?
Basically you can use the Wolverine with a Tormek if you mount the system
Now I'm not suggesting that you run out and buy a Wolverine, though it is
a good product, but rather that you build one, which is not all that
difficult. Their equivelent of the Tormek Gouge jig is their varigrind.
You can make one quite simply by taking a block of hard wood like hard
maple, drilling an appropriate hole through it and then attach a tail piece
to the bottom set at a 45 deg angle (Like the Ellsworth gouge grinding jig)
It will work quite well as it turns out that the appropriate angle for the
leg when doing an Irish or Ellsworth gouge is about 345 deg.
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