Spindle Gouge

Guidelines shown below are for use with the Tormek SVD-186 or SVD-185 Gouge Jig.

When the tool gets too short to be held by the jig, consider making it into a beading tool (video below).

General Guidelines
(if used)
JS P Hole
30° 5° - 10° 2 55 mm B

can range from 30° - 40°.

For tight spots, detail work and finest finish. When the flute is shallow, this is known as a Detail Gouge. Traditionally, the wings are swept back quite far.

Not recommended for starter-level turners.

45° 2 65 mm A

can range from 35° - 45°.

Standard profile. For turners of all skill levels.

Notes & Comments
  • Marty Kiminsky noted "Woodturning" magazine (issue # 352) these for gouges:
    Gouge Type Generally
    Detail Gouges 40° 40°
    Spindle Gouges 25-40° 40°

  • When the tool gets too short to be held by the jig, you may be able to grind off the top as shown in the upper tool below. This flat area allows for the jig to hold the tool without the tool slipping or rotating.

  • Some information presented is from the Tormek handbook, Water Cooled Sharpening of Edge Tools, © Tormek AB.

Tormek Sharpening Classes: Part 5 - Woodturning Tools

Want to learn how you get your woodturning tools razor-sharp? In this week's sharpening class we take a closer look at the tools for the woodturner; Gouges, skews, parting tools, scrapers, cutters and more. Sebastien and Wolfgang will show you the methods for sharpening all these turning tools and how you achieve repeatable edges every time. Stay tuned and hit us with your questions during the stream!

How to sharpen bowl and spindle gouges - Tormek SVD-186 Gouge Jig - with Nick Agar

In this episode Nick Agar shows how you create a fingernail grind on your woodturning gouge and to replicate this grind every time. Nick goes through the procedure step by step using Tormek's TTS-100 Turning Tool Setter, the SVD-186 Gouge Jig, the SB-250 Blackstone Silicon and the LA-120 Profiled Leather Honing Wheel.

Alan Holtham - Tormek SVD-186 Gouge Jig
David Peters - Tormek SVD-186 Gouge Jig Review and Comparison to the SVD-185
Sharpen gouges with the Tormek Gouge Jig SVD-185
Jeff Farris - Sharpening with the Tormek SVD-185 Gouge Jig
Sharpen short edge tools with the Tormek Short Tool Jig SVS-32
Tormek Turning Tool Setter TTS-100
Tormek AngleMaster WM-200
Grinding a gouge into a beading tool

Bob Patros Beading Tool from AAW on Vimeo.

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