Wood Carving Veining Tool

The Veining Tool's cutting edge is best sharpened in the horizontal position (with the wheel rotating away from the user). This reduces the steel removal rate, and allows for easier sharpening of the edge to the right profile, as it is not too fast.

Guidelines shown below are for the cutting edge angles. Since the entirity of this blade's cutting surface is honed, no secondary / micro bevel is given (as with Bench Chisels).

Smaller tools Tormek SVS-38 or SVS-32 Short Tool Jig may be appropriate. It is used in a similar manner.
Shorter tools You may need to use a standard, off-the-shelf collar to guide the sharpening process. Most hardware stores carry these, or you can order one such as part number 9414T9 (7/16 inch) or 57485K68 (10 mm) from McMaster-Carr. Note : You will probably need to replace the set screw with a longer one.

The Projection Calculator on this site can be used to calculate settings for setup of the Tormek. This is especially helpful if the projections shown in the table below cannot be achieved (e.g., the tool is too short). This calculator is web-based and does not require Excel.

General Guidelines
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P Hole
Softer Woods 20° 65 mm B For softer woods like bass or tupelo, this works well.
Harder Woods 25° 55 mm B For harder woods like oak, this works well.

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Carving edges are typically not reground; only to reshape them, or repair a problem with the edge. More commonly, the edge is simply honed on the leather wheel.

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