Angle of Skew

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02-11-2021 03:28 PM

Does anyone know what the left to right angle of a skew is? I am in the process of building
a sharpening jig to sharpen my lathe tools and wanted to know the best angle to tilt the
skew on my belt sander. Larry Thanks

-- Thanks Larry

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#1 posted 02-11-2021 03:37 PM

Mine vary between 25° and 15° off 90° (65-75°). I prefer the 25° for most things.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 02-11-2021 03:44 PM

Here’s a link to Alan Lacer’s instructions for sharpening his skews:

BTW … I seldom take my skews to the grinder. Once they are shaped per Alan’s instructions, I just touch them up with one his diamond hones.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 02-11-2021 04:12 PM

As suggested above, there is no fixed skew angle. You can make it essentially whatever you want. I grind mine in the same range as Lazyman.

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#4 posted 02-11-2021 04:38 PM

A skew for what? Which tool? A normal chisel isn’t critical. If you are also sharpening plane irons then those skews are more critical

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#5 posted 02-13-2021 01:43 AM

Follow the Alan Lacer instructions linked above. The curved skew is definitely the way to go. No jig is needed, only a platform to get the bevel angle where you want it. Lacer’s instructions will provide ~20 deg bevel. Have fun honing a flat bevel vs hollow ground.

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#6 posted 02-13-2021 12:19 PM

If you don’t want to waste a lot steel using diamond stones versus power equipment is the way to go! Yes sticking with factory grind for learning the tool and using will save time & money. If factory grind too difficult going to curved or round skew might make life easier.

“Alan Batty’s Notes,” on pages two & three “The Skew,” shows conventional skew grinds and explains different grinds for the skew and his compromise of 40 degrees.

This reference covers both conventional and curved grinds.
Sharpening Handbook

Good luck with it!

-- Bill

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#7 posted 02-13-2021 01:08 PM


Thank you for the “Alan Batty’s Notes,” What a great resource for turning.

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#8 posted 02-14-2021 03:00 AM

Thanks for the advice. I am in the process of designing a jig to sharpen my lathe chisels on a belt sander. It is working pretty good so far. It needs tweaking but I am getting close. I will probably go with the 65 to 75 degrees. Larry

-- Thanks Larry

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#9 posted 02-14-2021 04:45 AM

BtW, just went to check my skew and it is at 15 degrees from
The factory

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#10 posted 02-14-2021 02:40 PM

Guess this link didn’t work yesterday and not working today:

Nice to know info on other turning tools

If click on same link “Lathe Tools,” more nice to know info.

Will see lot of references to Tormek sharpening system & accessories depending upon what you’re looking at on this site.

My take on bevel angles will vary with the turner and what they become accustomed too. Whether they free hand or use a jig sharpening their tools those angle don’t vary much. One or two degrees not going to make a world of difference.

Sorry for wasting your time!

-- Bill

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