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Homemade Vari-grind Jig

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Project by jayman7 posted 02-16-2013 11:53 PM 16080 views 61 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Oneway Wolverine Grinding jig is a must for grinding your bowl gouges but I didn’t want to pay $55 for one. When I was at the Baltimore Woodworking show, I took pictures and measurements of the one they had one display and tried to replicate the parts/dimensions. It holds my gouges tightly and leaves a nice grind on my tools. I was inspired to make one after a homemade one on this website but unfortunately he didn’t post dimensions and it’s in French: link





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#1 posted 02-17-2013 12:38 AM

nice job jayman7…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 02-17-2013 12:49 AM

Sweet…..Good job sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 02-17-2013 01:10 AM

Nice Do you have drawings I can borrow?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 02-17-2013 01:11 AM

Unfortunately you did not post your dimension either :)
Still, it is helpful because I have been wanting to make one myself. Thanks.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#5 posted 02-17-2013 01:22 AM

Perfect timing, as I just scored a JET JWL-1442-VSK off CL for $375.00! I’m thinking this jig may just come in handy.

Looks like a very well made jig. Nicely done!!!

A few q’s, if you don’t mind:
Do you have link to learn about utilizing it?
Will you be able to provide dimensions?

Thanks for posting this. It is just the right thing at the right time!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 02-17-2013 01:43 AM

Nice job!

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#7 posted 02-17-2013 03:00 AM

Here are the dimensions I used but you can always modify as you see fit:
The top block is assembly is a total of 2” long and 1.5” wide
The hole is 3/4” diameter, depending on the size of your tools
3” radius curve on angle adjuster piece
6.75” total length for the leg piece

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#8 posted 02-17-2013 03:31 AM

Check out Cap'n Eddie's videos on you tube. I always find them informative. I think he has a vid on using the jig.

Nice job on the home made jig Jayman7. I was gonna try makin one out of aluminum but the wood looks good too.
The last pic looks like the glue joint broke or is that a trick of the camera?

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#9 posted 02-17-2013 02:13 PM

Looks like a winner.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-17-2013 02:44 PM

Got to build one of these some day. Thanks for measurements and for posting.

Thanks for the link as well. It is in English and French.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#11 posted 02-17-2013 04:02 PM

It isn’t adjustable like the OneWay Vari-Grind, but Captain Eddie shows you how to make a very useful jig for about $2 … see: http://eddiecastelin.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/2_jig_121410.133190118.pdf

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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William

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#12 posted 02-18-2013 12:13 AM

Also without adjustment like the one Dane linked, but this one is the one I recently made and have been happy with.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 07-14-2013 10:56 PM

Nice job, I have been needing one of these sharpening jigs. Great way to save about $60.

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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#14 posted 04-22-2014 02:17 PM

The person refered to above with the french website is Jean Michel. He actually does have all the measurements available for free, at this site: http://www.eberhardt.bz/shop_notes/turning/sharpening/jigs/sharpening_jig.pdf

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#15 posted 05-02-2015 12:53 AM

Unfortunately the guy that ran the website you provided a link to died and finding his plans are impossible now. Do you have plans you can share?

-- EdwardNorton

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