Fluteless Gouge

Guidelines shown below are for use with the Tormek SVD-186 or SVD-185 Gouge Jig.

The use of a relief grind (β) is recommended but not critical. If one is used, +5º to +10º is recommended.


One school of thought is to grind the top face to be slightly concave. This is shown in an exaggerated view to the left.

I am not a fan of adding this grind as it changes the angle of attack too drastically as the tool is rotated.

General Guidelines
α β Tormek
SVD-186
Comments
JS P Hole
30º 5-10º 2 55 mm B Can be used in lieu of a spindle gouge, or possibly a skew chisel (as shown in the first video below).
40º 2 75 mm A
45º 2 65 mm A
55º 4 65 mm A
60º 6 75 mm A
70º Reed "Robo Hippy" Gray recommends this angle for cleaning up the bottom of a bowl. The second video below shows it well.


Notes & Comments


Good videos:

Fluteless Gouge Tips by Robo Hippy
Robert Sorby Spindlemaster: In Use
Alan Holtham - Tormek SVD-186 Gouge Jig
David Peters - Tormek SVD-186 Gouge Jig Review and Comparison to the 185
Sharpen gouges with the Tormek Gouge Jig SVD-185
Jeff Farris - Sharpening with the Tormek SVD-185 Gouge Jig
Sharpen short edge tools with the Tormek Short Tool Jig SVS-32
Tormek Turning Tool Setter TTS-100
Tormek AngleMaster WM-200

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