Spindle Roughing Gouge

Cutting edge can range from 35° - 45°.

Rake can range from 0° - 25°.

Grind until you feel a burr raised along the entire edge, then hone the gouge to remove the burr.
General Guidelines
Edge Rake Jig JS P Hole Comments
Range Range
45° 35° - 45° 20° 0° - 25° Tormek SVD-186 6 55 mm B

JR DUBUY on the Tormek forum recommended using the Tormek SVD-186 Gouge Jig with these settings. It works quite well.

35° Tormek SVS-50 55 mm B
Open Seat on SVS-50

Alan Batty recommended 45°, and this is generally recommended by many. I certainly recognize Mr. Batty's proven experience, but I've found that the 35° realized with these Tormek settings works extremely well.

Use with the Tormek SVS-50 Multi Jig with the Open Seat.

Notes & Comments
  • Marty Kiminsky noted that 40-45° is generally recommended for this tool, and that his personal preference is 40°. See also, "Woodturning" magazine, issue # 352.

Tormek Sharpening Classes: Part 5 - Woodturning Tools

Want to learn how you get your woodturning tools razor-sharp? In this week's sharpening class we take a closer look at the tools for the woodturner; Gouges, skews, parting tools, scrapers, cutters and more. Sebastien and Wolfgang will show you the methods for sharpening all these turning tools and how you achieve repeatable edges every time. Stay tuned and hit us with your questions during the stream!

How to sharpen roughing gouges, skews & parting tools - Tormek SVS-50 Multi Jig - with Nick Agar

In this third episode, Nick Agar shows how to sharpen a roughing gouge with a few simple steps using the open seat of Tormek's Multi Jig SVS-50. Further, he shows how to sharpen a parting tool and a skew using the closed seat of the SVS-50. Nick also demonstrates how to use the Tormek Marker Method when setting the angle and how to sharpen a custom skew shape on the side of Tormek's Diamond Wheel using MB-100 Multi Base.

Alan Holtham - Tormek SVD-186 Gouge Jig
David Peters - Tormek SVD-186 Gouge Jig Review
and Comparison to the SVD-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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