Gouge Setup Blocks
- Product Code: Gouge Setup Blocks
- Availability: In Stock
Designed For Use With Any Wood Lathe Sharpening Jig That Uses A Gouge Holding Fixture, i.e. VariGrind 1, Varigrind 2, Sharpfast, etc.
Although there are dozens of different bowl gouge grinds possible, there are really only 4 major shapes that most woodturners will ever use. Three are for bowl gouges and one is for a spindle gouge.
1) The Ellsworth style or Irish Grind - Use for wet wood and shear cuts and for taking heavy cuts in green wood.
2) Standard Grind - Use on dry wood, bowls rough turned and now dry, smaller vessels. Also sometimes more user-friendly for the inside of a bowl.
3) Bottom Feeder - A very blunt grind useful for finishing the inside bottom of a vessel. It is easier to rub the bevel across the bottom with this grind.
4) Fingernail Grind for Spindle Gouges. This grind makes it much easier to roll beads and scoop out coves especially on finials.
With these 4 grinds, there is almost no task you cannot accomplish.
Refer to the chart included in the instructions for the grind you wish to make. Pictured here is the setup for an Ellsworth type grind. Use the #2 block and adjust the leg down to the 5th notch (45 deg). Adjust the pocket arm until the setup block makes two firm points of contact. Easy as pie!
One of the keys to quick and consistent sharpening is being able to achieve the same settings each time. The projection of the gouge from the gouge holding fixture makes good use of a gauge block like the shop made one show here. You could just drill a hole in a board the correct depth (2")
You get all of this with comprehensive instructions in two simple to use blocks. They make sharpening quick, easy and repeatable. Resharpening a gouge shouldn't take any longer than 1 minute when you use these set up blocks.