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#1 posted 05-13-2017 07:47 PM

The Ellsworth jig was designed to put a 60 to 65 degree angle side or fingernail grind on you bowl or spindle gouges. You might see little difference sharpening U shape gouge over V shape gouge but no big thing. Also meant to be used with Wolverine V-Arm or other clone and bench grinder. Instructions came with the jig.

Have no idea about the Ellsworth clones or homemade jigs. Many of those seen on line do not even address bevel angle degrees. Stand by just get a consistent bevel without a lot of facets for people starting out. Experience using your tools on different turnings should tell you when a change if any is needed.

Been using basic Wolverine system & Vari-Grind jig & grinder for years to accomplish the same thing. Best compromise bevel angles for my bowl gouges is 45 & 55 degree bevels on them whether fingernail or side ground. For spindle gouges range from 45 to 47 degrees.

Cannot even discuss 40 degree bevel being more aggressive than 60 degrees because it is and used on both spindle & bowl gouges. How about those folf using 30 degree bevels? Not saying you should but can buy a Mike Mahoney’s, “Wood Beater, or Bottom Feeder,” bowl gouges with a 40 degree double bevel. JMHO, 30 or 40 degree bevels too aggressive for me.

-- Bill

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