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04-06-2009 02:47 AM

HI GUYS, I am wondering what angles I should use when grinding my turning tools. I think I need 3 different angles.

#1 Parting tool

#2 Shews

#3 Gouges

Hope someone out there can help. THANKS


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#1 posted 04-06-2009 03:18 AM

Someone told me to just duplicate the angle that was already ground on the tool.

A book I have gives the following:

Roughing Gouge and Spindle Gouge- 30 degrees

Skew Chisel- 15 to 20 degrees toe to heel.

Parting Tool- 50 degrees (25 degree each side of the point)

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#2 posted 04-06-2009 04:20 AM

I never put my parting tool on the grinder – I use a diamond stone to sharpen it. Your other turning tools can either be ground to the angle that is already on the tool or customized to what works for you. I recommend you either make a jig that will duplicate the angle you like, or purchase a custom made jig like the wolverine. With the jig you should always get the same angle. Go to and find a turning club in your area. Most clubs have folks that will help you get started on the correct way to sharpen your tool. Woodcraft and other woodworking businesses offer sharpening classes that are affordable.

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