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Forum topic by JoAnneN posted 09-12-2016 03:41 AM 358 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-12-2016 03:41 AM

I have the wolverine jig system, I am new at this woodturning and I am not sure how to find the correct grinding angles? I read that a bevel angle is good but I’m not sure which one to buy or if the bevel angle is the right tool to use.
Where do you place it to get the angle? I think I may be over thinking this

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#1 posted 09-12-2016 06:34 AM

I have been using these.There are other methods but these really simplified the process for me…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 09-12-2016 06:36 AM

Sorry double posted it.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 09-12-2016 12:10 PM

I use the Raptors (see Jeff’s post above).

You can also use a common protractor …

... but I think the Raptors are quicker, easier, and increase repeatability.

-- 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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#4 posted 09-12-2016 12:34 PM

Have never used those Raptor jigs, so no comment on them. I recommend finding the bevel angles on the tools you own first. I put a small nut & bolt in the middle of two school protractors to measure bevel angles of my tools. You buy angle finders for not much money or make your own like I did.

for my table use this:

With few exception tools come from manufacturers within few degrees of recommended bevel angles for tools. So learning to dupicating those angles by moving the v-arm in or out setting tools bevel on grinding wheel and rotating the tool with grinder turned off should keep you in the ball park. Do the same procedure when using the vari-grind jig or table.

The learning curve gets easier if know the bevel angles you have already before trying to change them.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 09-12-2016 04:36 PM

I have many tools I use for setting angles. They include home made triangles, commercially made compasses, like Gerry shows, the type we get when we buy a combination square set, and a couple digital angle gauges.

I might be able to whittle my tool collection down, but it seems I always need the other shape or type, when tackling a project. Too, there is the tool collecting factor, the eye candy factor, or the “I just don’t want to walk across the shop to get what I need” factor. An example of the latter would be, using triangles on layout work, then going over to the lathe and setting up to grind a roughing gouge.

On September tenth, I had the distinct privilege of attending Stuart Batty’s all day wood turning demonstration in Kennewick, Washington. He was selling some novel gauges that seemed to have a lot of potential for various tasks, so I bought a couple.

Stuart’s set up gauges can be found at several places around the Net. For example:

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