Fluteless Gouge

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

General Guidelines
α β Tormek
Comments Recommended
Tormek Jig
JS P Hole
30° 5-10° 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).

SVD-186 R
40° 2 75 mm A
45° 2 65 mm A
55° 4 65 mm A
60° 6 75 mm A
70° Reed "Robo Hippy" Gray recommends this angle for cleaning up the bottom of a bowl. The second video below shows it well.

Notes & Comments

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

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