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Using Tormek jigs on a high speed grinder

I want to try using Tormek jigs on a high speed grinder, so have been fitting up a new tool rest. I bought a Tormek rest bar and holder that they sell for use on dry grinders. It’s just a bit of welded steel bar and an aluminium clamp for it, a crazy price for what it is. You would think it was part of a NASA rocket. Fitting it was straightforward, I just had to stack up some bits of MDF to get the right height for the clamp.  I fixed the whole assembly next to the dry grinder. I tried various positions and heights on both sides of the grinder. It was important to make sure the jigs cleared the wheel guards and the other tool rest.

I can now use my Tormek jigs on both the dry grinder and the Tormek grinder. It should improve the sharpening of bowl gouges in particular. I find they often need heavier grinding than the Tormek itself is happy with (it can do it, but is fairly slow). I made a couple of setting jigs for the Tormek platform rest. On one setting I can now sharpen my roughing gouge and also my skew chisels. These have a keener grinding angle than the gouge, so I just add a raising block made of MDF.

Tormek platform jig set up on dry grinder
Raising platform that changes the grinding angle for skew chisels, and enables shorter blades to be ground. Platform has locating blocks underneath.

You can see a review of the Tormek here.

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