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06-12-2018 05:01 PM

This subject has probably been discussed before but I’m looking at buying a sharpening jig and seriously considering the Tru-Grind system
Anyone have any info or experience with this one?

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#1 posted 06-12-2018 07:31 PM

Looks a lot like a Wolverine. Might be a little less expensive… I bought the Wolverine system and some add-ons for my wife. A big factor in that decision was the huge number of folks that use it, make videos, offer how to sharpen guides for this that and the other using it…

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#2 posted 06-13-2018 10:16 AM

Have only seen people using the Tru-Grind Tool Holder in Wolverine V-arm.
I have the Basic Wolverine System with optional Vari Grind Jig and think cost is the same $140 for my set-up and Tru-Grind. Tru-Grind does take bigger diameter tools (1 ½”) .

Not sure one system better than the other what matters is consintency at the grinding wheel when re-sharpening your tools or changing bevel angles. So buy the system you like, there will be a learning curve no matter what you buy.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 06-13-2018 02:51 PM

Agree that it looks like a rip-off of Oneway’s Wolverine. I’d go with Oneway (and did).

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#4 posted 06-13-2018 03:08 PM

Don’t waste your money learn to sharpen freehand.

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#5 posted 06-13-2018 03:23 PM

Don t waste your money learn to sharpen freehand.

- rwe2156

75% agree but jigs help to learn and are helpful in rehabs or changinging the bevel angle.
I have the Wolverine and a Veritas MKII, gather a lot of dust but every so often thankful I can fall back on them.
Same goes for the grinder, 90% time hand powered grinder but electric one finds some use.

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#6 posted 06-13-2018 03:55 PM

I like and use the Pro-Grind system that Ron Brown sells. I watched him demo it at the last Woodworking show and took one home. It works quite well and is dependable to reproduce the same grind repeatedly.

No affiliation, just a happy customer.

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#7 posted 06-13-2018 07:37 PM

I haven’t used the one in question but I have used the Nova. I see it also has a “ball and socket” at the end and on my Nova this can be difficult to keep in place. I normally have to hold it in with one finger.
Just guessing by the pic you will have to move the arm to make a relief (secondary) bevel where with the Wolverene you can just grind the first bevel, insert a block (spacer) and grind the second.
Others can correct me if this is wrong.
I do like that it can take a very large diameter tool.

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#8 posted 06-13-2018 07:44 PM

Like the Pro-Grind looks like a nock-off of the Wolverine system with few improvements for only $50 more. Don’t know about shipping! Clicked on PDF instructions with no joy, guess have to sign up to read before buying unless missing something.

Also has a Tru-Grind clone system for little less money.

His prices for Wolverine system & optional accessories little higher than other vendors.

Any system that affords you repeatability at the grinder everytime well worth the money. So not knocking Ron Brown. Do recommend you shop around for best price for whatever system you are looking at. When bought my Wolverine system best deal for the money that was more than 20 years ago. As satified customer still recommend that system but buy whatever you like!

-- Bill

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#9 posted 06-13-2018 08:15 PM

Capt’n Eddie (: has a diy version of this on his website that costs about $2. I watched a youtube video about it recently.

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#10 posted 06-13-2018 08:39 PM

Here is another diy option if you’re into that.

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#11 posted 06-14-2018 11:57 PM

Don t waste your money learn to sharpen freehand.
- rwe2156

Wouldnt recommend it for gouges especially. Get some really cheap used tools to practice on.

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#12 posted 06-15-2018 12:08 AM

Capt n Eddie (: has a diy version of this on his website that costs about $2. I watched a youtube video about it recently.
- rjpat

Here is another diy option if you re into that.
- Woodknack

Another +1 for DIY… here is a quick-n-dirty one I made for use with the belt sander that works fantastic and cost less than $1:


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#13 posted 06-15-2018 12:20 PM

Thanks for all the replies folks. I’m still free handing it but not really the best at it. I have a spindle gouge that will only cut on one wing right now that I have to fix. I like all of the DIY jigs that you guys pointed out. Right now I’m kind of window shopping and I think I’ve looked at all the systems listed here and the input you guys have given has been great. Thanks


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#14 posted 06-15-2018 08:52 PM

IMO, hand sharpening isn’t for turning tools. Particularly gouges. Any jig that gives you consistent results that you like is a good one. That being said, a turn-key Tormek system is nice and will give excellent results I’m sure. But, the homemade jigs will give excellent results as well. Provided they’re constructed well and used properly.

In short, use whatever works for you, just get those tools sharp ASAP so you can get back to turning!

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#15 posted 06-16-2018 10:24 PM

Well I ordered the Tru-Grind system. I’ve been tossing this around long enough. I’ve looked at one system after another over and over again. The Tru-Grind I believe is manufactured in Ireland and the only US distributer is Packard Woodworks. Certainly don’t know if its the best-I don’t think anyone can make that claim- but its a hell of a lot better than anything I have now. Thanks again for all of the replies. Dave

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