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Grinding jig  

to sharpen the roughing gouge

'Oneway' grinding jig
to sharpen the spindle gouge

Grinding the scraper


Grinding the tools was the most difficult part for me as a beginner, I found plans for a grinding jig on the site of a Canadian turner

( Jean Michel ) along with other tricks.

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or   Brian Clifford



Grinding & a few file strokes

Finished tool


To get the knack of it, a simple mild steel rod with a handle enables me to test various grinding angles on the lathe. Of course it won't cut for long but just enough to figure things out without sacrificing the HSS tools.



I have made a new "Oneway" jig with flat 5mn steel, because the one made of wood broke due to too strong tightening and I replaced the original grey grinding stone by a white grinding stone less aggressive to steel.


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Adjustments of the 'Oneway' grinding jig

Front view



Adjustment of grinding jig
Stationary Grindstone
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Step 1:  Adjustment of the release of the grinding jig tool
a little wood stopper serves as a marker, I set it at 50mm
Step 2:  Adjustment of grinding jig incline
I used several indicators (5), I start with N°1.
Step 3:  Adjustment of the bevel of the tip of the tool
It has to fit the grindstone, I start with the heel of the tool then I pull back
the sliding device just until the bevel adjusts to the grindstone.
Step 4:  Adjustment of the bevel on the side of the tool.
I pivot the grindstone and check to make sure that the bevel is adjusting
itself on the grindstone, and here it has not adjusted, so I change the incline
 and start over with Step 3.

Changing the incline requires a new bevel adjustment.
With marker N°2.
With marker N°3 (it's good).
With marker N°5 (to see the difference).
Once the correct adjustment is located, I mark the incline number on the tools for future grinding.


Making a grinding jig for the 'Ellsworth' bowl gouge



The steel rod is welded at 45°onto the tube and is threaded to hold the concrete-reinforcing iron as shown. Various lengths can be tested in order to change the grinding profile.

Sharpening test with a mild steel rod.


Grinding angles for bowl gouge.



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View here the step by step turning of a bowl with an "Ellsworth" gouge


Modification of the grinder

A new "comfortable" tool rest

Diamond wheel dresser jig