A journey into the workshop. #38: Not ready to review it yet... But the Wolverine Sharpening jig is in...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 01-15-2010 05:55 PM 1429 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, it arrived Tuesday, but I have been busy enough that I didn’t even bother taking it out of the box and setting it up until last night…

The Wolverine Sharpening Jig looks plenty well made coming out of the box, mostly good welds (the weld holding the through bolt for the platform is pretty messy, but solid), acceptable, but not all that impressive of a finish on the V arm and platform.

After seeing this set up, I am not sure it is that much more impressive than the grinding / sharpening jig system offered for less money from PSI. (The PSI jig set costs more than the base Wolverine, but includes the skew jig, and their version of the VariGrind fingernail jig.), However the pocket on the V arm appears to be larger on the OneWay unit, and certainly is stable!

Installation was quick when following the instructions, and once installed, the system is very stable. The adjustment levers lock the adjustments in securely, with no room for doubt that your jig won’t move on you when you use it.

I have this set up with my Ryobi BGH-616 6” grinder, and honestly, the grinder is a bit small. It works, but I REALLY want to upgrade to an 8” ASAP.

I sharpened my bowl gouges, and roughing gouges with it last night, and it works amazingly fast, and accurate. I followed the OneWay video showing how to use marker to determine your contact for your bevel, and it worked great. A single, consistent smooth bevel now!

Now that I have sharp tools, and an amazingly simple method to keep them sharp, turning should be a LOT more fun…

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David Craig

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#1 posted 01-15-2010 06:01 PM

Thanks for the post. I find myself wavering between the wolverine and the PSI version. I like the reviews for the wolverine but do get a little annoyed with the separate attachments that have to be purchased. Wood ranked the PSI as a very good unit, but the largest complaint by users and Wood alike were the lack of detailed instructions. I also have a 6 inch grinder that I plan on upgrading to an 8. From the descriptions of both sharpening devices, it sounds like an 8 is pretty crucial.

Thanks for sharing,


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#2 posted 01-15-2010 06:22 PM

I THINK I can squeak by with a 6, but from watching the videos, it just seems like, well like trying to tow a 35 foot travel trailer with a Mazda Miata… Just not enough to do the job…

I stayed away from the PSI due to the documentation issue (HEY PSI are you reading this, you lost sales, might want to change that!).

Going with Amazon prices, to get the same stuff as the PSI but going with Oneway Wolverine setup I would need…

Wolverine Sharpening jig. $87.95 + $7.50 Shipping.
Wolverine VariGrind $52.95 + $7.50 Shipping…
Wolverine Skew Attachment $29.95 + $7.50 Shipping.
For a total of $193.95

The PSI unit with all those features sells for $114.95 and comes with free shipping…

From the pics, the bases, and V arm on the Wolverine seem like they are better made, and the VariGrind seems like it is more substantial than the PSI fingernail grinding jig. but $89.00 difference is plenty steep…

Now I am not saying that the PSI is every bit as good as the Wolverine, I don’t know about the build quality. The Wolverine is made in Canada, and while not U.S. production, is still North American. I prefer to buy from U.S., Canada, or Mexico if I can versus Europe or Asia. Sorry for those from those areas, but I want to keep my money close to home…

Now, the difference in cost could have bought me an 8” grinder sure… But to be honest, I can’t often buy North American Production tools, and am very happy to do so here… This is a well made item, and it will be something my grand kids can enjoy…

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 07:44 PM

Nice purchase. I have the set and love it. Its fast with some jigs.

I think people get all fired up about turning and they get a lathe and some tools and a grinder of sorts. they start turning and everything is fine until there tools get dual. most people can sharpen scrapers and the parting tool, just find adjust the angle on the rest and move the tool. The other tools are not so easy to sharpen and so your excitement slowly dies do to tools not cut as easy as they should or you had to fight the tool.

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#4 posted 01-15-2010 07:57 PM

I have owned the Wolverine system for about 2 1/2 years now and use it several times a week. It has performed wonderfully and I have never had an issue with the size of the pocket in the V-arm. The only issue I have ever had is using the jig for fingernail gouges; operator error not manufacturing.

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#5 posted 01-15-2010 09:22 PM

I bought the 4 piece PSI version in back in May 2009 from, it was $10 cheaper ($114.95) than PSI direct and came with free shipping. I use it with a 6” grinder seems to work fine. I was fortunate enough to be able to get a live demo at a Rockler store before I made my purchase. Altough they did use a Wolverine system. Documentation is ok, not great but I was able to set it up and it works fine.

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#6 posted 01-15-2010 09:37 PM

It’s too late for my purchase, but maybe one of you PSI jig owners can give a review, and some setup / usage tips… That might have turned me to the PSI instead…

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