Spindle Roughing Gouge

A positive rake angle is recommended by many as it reduces the chance to grab.

Be sure not to have the top of the curve to project forward from the center. To help with this, rotate in one direction only. Between rotations, lift the edge from the stone surface. This prevents working the centre more than the top edges.

Grind until you feel a burr raised along the entire edge, then hone the gouge to remove the burr.

General Guidelines
Edge α Rake α Jig JS P Hole Comments
α Range α 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

Information regarding Grindstones

Marty Kiminsky noted that an Edge α of 40-45° is generally recommended for this tool, and that his personal preference is 40°. See also, "Woodturning" magazine, issue # 352.

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