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#1 posted 05-05-2017 09:33 PM

Sharpening your tools and bevel angle to use really depends upon personal preference, type gouge deep or shallow fluted, skill level, style or design of the project. Once a turner becomes proficient with a tool they don’t change much, a degree or too one way or the other doesn’t make much difference!

Common bevel angles for spindle gouges rang from 30 to 45 degrees.
Skew chisels 12 to 20 degrees. Parting tools 30 to 50 degrees
Bowls, range from 30 to 65 degrees. Bowls scrapers, normally range 70 to 80 degrees.

If you come away from the grinder with lot of facets on tool bevel and different angle every time you sharpen your tools will never really enjoy the craft of woodturning.

Tool rest that come with your grinder often difficult to use sharpening your tools so either after market rest or sharpening system will get you proficient at sharpening faster. cannot you want repeatability every time you re-sharpen your tool!

-- Bill

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