I decided to purchase the Woodcraft 8” slow speed grinder on sale for $90 a few weeks back. I finally got around to finishing the table/extra storage for it as well as the basic grinding jig to do bowl/spindle gouges. Previously, I was using my worksharp 3000. I said it was good enough on these forums for lathe tools, but I knew I was actually in denial lol.
Don’t get me wrong, the worksharp 3000 did a great job at flat chisels and the likes, but for gouges it wasn’t the easiest to keep a consistent grinding angle, nor was it the fastest for sharpening them. I also always wanted fingernail grinds on my gouges but that is way too much material to take off with that. So I decided at $90 I couldn’t pass up this grinder. I’d make the jigs myself to save money over the wolverine ones thanks to some help in the forums, http://lumberjocks.com/topics/28920, and fine woodworking… http://www.finewoodworking.com/pdf/ShopBuiltJig.pdf
The cost of my “wolverine” jig and fingernail profile jig was around $10 thanks to scraps. The cost was mainly for the thumb screws and tnuts.
The clamp on the end is because I just glued this piece on, it was removed shortly after these pics.
I still have the fingernail profile jig to make, but haven’t gotten around to it, although I do have all the t-nuts and screws and dowels required. It sits in the dimple of this jig. The dimple sits 4 inches up from bottom of wheel and will be 7 inches out for that grind. For normal grinds though you just place it in the v groove of this piece and rotate. I was amazed at how incredibly easy it was to grind with it.
And here is the beautiful grind on it. I remembered to keep some water nearby and frequently dip in it even though it was high speed steel(from HF) it did turn blue on the tip pretty quick so I had to remove that bit but used water from that point on and it was perfect.
Hopefully I’ll have time to use my newly sharpened gouges this weekend to turn the pizza cutter from Rockler I purchased this past weekend, as well as two bottle stoppers and a bottle opener. I also need to finish up that bowl now that I have a working chuck :)
-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN