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Hand Tool Woodworking / Re: An experiment
« on: June 01, 2016, 10:56:15 pm »

I'd like to see more of the rack you use to store your jigs.  That looks like it is very well done.  (And I'm always looking for good ideas to steal replicate.)

Kind regards,

Knife Sharpening / Re: a new angle setting tool
« on: June 01, 2016, 10:53:14 pm »
Woodworking is a very old trade, and compleat is a very old adjective.  (Even though Tormek is a relatively new tool in these terms!)

In Britain, compleat is archaic, used in writing only as a bit of whimsy, and at that rather rarely. It is more common in North America, though often equally whimsical.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) says that compleat is just an archaic spelling of complete. It died out around the end of the eighteenth century. One of its last appearances was a reference to George III in the US Declaration of Independence: “He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny”. The OED also says that one sense of the word refers to a person who is accomplished, “especially in reference to a particular art or pursuit”.

This sense died out in Britain in the early nineteenth century but was reintroduced in the archaic spelling at the beginning of the twentieth. For this we must blame Isaak Walton, the author of The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation; Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing, not unworthy the perusal of most Anglers. Writing in 1653, he naturally used the older spelling of complete and modern editions retain it.

Because Isaak Walton’s book title has remained so well-known, one unexpected result has been that the word in that spelling and in that old sense has been taken as a model in modern times. For example, when Messrs W and A Gilbey published a book on wine in 1953, they couldn’t resist calling it The Compleat Imbiber. You may also find phrases like compleat actor, for someone who has all the skills and qualities of that craft. And the science-fiction writer Ben Bova wrote in his book Mars in 1992: “Jamie realized that his father had become the compleat academic: nothing really touched him anymore; he saw everything in the abstract”. This usage, as I say, is more common in the US than in Britain.

So the short answer is that compleat and complete were originally different spellings of the same word, but under the influence of Isaak Walton’s book title the older spelling has taken on a distinct meaning, especially in modern American English.

Knife Sharpening / Re: a new angle setting tool
« on: May 30, 2016, 11:34:28 pm »
hello Ken and Jan,
With your help and recommendations in this topic, I finally made 2 Stainless steel Kenjig.

Here is the first one based on double ball bearing.

Double ball bearing in situation :

I'm a big fan

Sheang sent me the double bearing model (I call it the "Han-Jig"), & I got it this weekend.   Used it to setup my Tormek to sharpen a number of knives.  This thing is the bee's knees.

I'm a big fan of using the TTS-100 to setup for sharpening my lathe tools, & the Han-Jig is really like using the TTS, but for knives.

Sheang did a great job :  This is something worth making for a compleat set of jigs !!

General Tormek Questions / Re: DVD 2.0
« on: May 21, 2016, 01:09:07 pm »

Most PCs have CD drives, not DVD drives.  DVD disks are not accessible in a CD drive, but CDs will work in a DVD drive. 

If you have a CD drive, you will have to watch the video on your TV via the DVD (or Blueray) player.

That is my first guess, diagnosing this with little information.

Kind regards,

Can it be added to the Tormek site ?  Who owns the copyright?

I currently have the T-7 and am looking at purchasing a T-4. I am very interested in using my used up T-7 wheels on the T-4 so I would like to ask the knowledgeable folks on this forum the following question. What would be the best way to reduce the width of a used T-7 stone to fit the T-4 shaft? Is it doable?
I would guess that someone would be able to suggest a method to at least make this remotely possible. Ideas?

I asked that very question a while ago, even proposing a "T47" for this.   In the end, the general opinion is that it is cheaper to have separate stones & upgrade my T2000's shaft to accommodate easier wheel changing via the knurled screw.

General Tormek Questions / Re: Rusty Main Shaft
« on: March 17, 2016, 04:51:15 pm »

I purchased my Tormek T-2000 about 15 years ago.  It has the steel shaft, and the inner washer was indeed rusted.  I attribute that mostly to the fact that I was too lazy and didn't empty the water tray after each use (that way I didn't have to wait to get the wheel re-saturated).

I didn't really find the "issue" until I went replace the original grinding wheel late last year (hence all the other posts about a T-47 to use old wheels ...).

But, I just took to a grinder that has a wire brush wheel, cleaned it and the shaft up, put everything back together (with a little lubricant).

I'm planning to add a Japanese stone, so I'll probably opt for a new shaft at that time.  I do believe the reversal of the tightening nut will make the grinding wheel more secure.



I took some time at lunch today to re-grind my skew with the proper use of the SVS-50 Multi Jig :


The grind setting I used is
  • projection = 55mm
  • skew angle = 20o
  • Hole = B

(By the way, the initial shaping using the BGM-100 made this a LOT easier !)

Once finished, I measured the angle on the WM-200 AngleMaster, and found the angle to be 40o.

As I was grinding, I noticed that the TT-100 also has grind angle measures, so I measured it on the TTS-100 Turning Tool Setter, and found there to be a tight fit when the angle is measured to be 45o.

Given the differences seen, I measured this using a carpenter's angle finder tool and a protractor.  This showed the angle to be 41o.


So, I would tend to believe the angle measures on the WM-200, but if the angle is critical, I recommend you use a protractor.  Hope that helps.

Please note :  I just realized that I have been setting the projection wrongly on the SVS-50.  I was measuring to the housing, not the tool seat.  So, that is why the included angle I reported may be different that you'd thought it should be.

When I measured it using the WM-200, it showed as 50o

I checked a reference book I have from Leonard Lee titled, The Complete Guide to Sharpening (I bought this before the Tormek).  He says that skews should have an included angle of 12.5o to 15o.

From my own experience though, when I had a smaller angle, it was no where near as good an experience on the lathe.  Too hard.  This setup works wonderfully for me.

Wood Turning / Re: New SVD-186 Gouge Jig review
« on: February 29, 2016, 08:00:48 pm »
I have a bowl gouge that has become so short that I had no more room in the fluted area to hold the tool with disc my SVD-185 (it doesn't work trying to hold a round shaft).  I have taken the recommendation from Tormek to flatten the shaft between the handle and the flutes, giving me a flat surface for the SVD-185's disc to take purchase. 

I couldn't find the area on the forum where this flattening of the shaft was discussed, so I've added them below.  The first one shows how my first bowl gouge has been shorted over the years, and it is positioned beside the one I just purchased.

The second one shows the SVD-185 attached to the flattened shaft.  You can see how the SVD-185 has to grab the shaft above the flutes.

I'm certainly no woodturning expert, but I've found a good grind for my skew with which I can make a lot of really nice cuts.  I use a Sorby skew with an end that has a 70 degree angle (as shown below) :

I use the SVS-50, set at 20 degrees, a projection of 65mm, and hole B.

Wood Turning / Re: New SVD-186 Gouge Jig review
« on: February 24, 2016, 07:57:00 pm »

I have a bowl gouge that has become so short that I had no more room in the fluted area to hold the tool with disc my SVD-185 (it doesn't work trying to hold a round shaft).  I have taken the recommendation from Tormek to flatten the shaft between the handle and the flutes, giving me a flat surface for the SVD-185's disc to take purchase. 

I was looking at the SVD-186, but the curved bottom on the disc (the part that screws down to hold the tool) was a question to me.  Would the SVD-186 work with such a flattened surface ?


Knife Sharpening / Re: a new angle setting tool
« on: February 19, 2016, 04:53:25 pm »
Sir, good point.  Thank you for helping us stay focused.

Knife Sharpening / Re: a new angle setting tool
« on: February 19, 2016, 12:37:49 pm »
Sheang, what would you charge to make me a double bearing model (2 bearings each, front & back)?  I really like the Tormek TTS-100 for its simplicity & repeatability.  This jig you have made shows promise for the same with knives, & would make a nice addition to my jigs set (jig addiction?).

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