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I have a mish-mash of drill bits which have come from many sources, including inheritance from my dad (who loved Harbor Freight). As I replace them, I but good quality ones from McMaster-Carr.  
I may be wrong, but it seems to me that bits which are much shorter (e.g., ΒΌ" shorter) are not as hard as they were before grinding off that material. At least they need to be resharpened more often. 
I usually use the SVM-00 for blades which are short.  One easy example is a marking knife.  It works well for that.  
Rick, I'm glad you've posted this.  I've also used a bench grinder to start the process of cleaning up a badly damaged drill bit.  I knew that I sometimes ground down past the area of hardening, but did not know about damaging the DBS jig. 
I'm interested in hearing what you find
Madam Cutler,

Over the 20+ years I've been using a Tormek, I have found that there are very few singularity correct answers or approaches.  If you find that sharpening free-hand works best (or, as I call it, "Jed Clampet Style"), then do what works for you.

Drill Bit Sharpening / Re: DBS 22 Flute index stop.
February 13, 2024, 03:42:01 AM
I don't find this to be that onerous, and as Rick noted, at times the alignment is not along the marks.  
Wood Turning / Re: fingernail grind on spindle gouge?
February 06, 2024, 12:05:30 AM

The extra knob on the SVD-186-R does not limit the swing.

I have captured information about sharpening gouges here:

The sweep back is driven by grinding activity, and less so about the jig's setting.  If you grind more on the sides than the tip, you get a more pronounced "fingernail".  Some of the videos I have noted help explain better.

Kind regards,
General Tormek Questions / Re: Foot Switch
January 18, 2024, 01:08:05 AM
What are you trying to achieve with the foot switch?  Can't you just let it run?
I have a 40mm Two Cherries carpenters chisel ( and sharpen it using the SE-77 (  I don't know the limits for the SE-77, but the 40mm carpenters chisel is quite large and there is room to spare in the SE-77 jig. 

The SE-77 jig works well, and I believe it would work for your chisel also.

If you go that route, consider using a 3D printed projection jig ( with the TTS-100. It makes the setup of the SE-77 faster, easier, and more consistent. 

Scissors Sharpening / Re: Sissors on diamond wheel
January 12, 2024, 05:04:54 AM
I sharpen scissors on my Tormek using the SVX-150 jig on the DF-250 diamond grinding wheel.  My wife has no complaints except when I take too long to get her scissors sharpened. 
Hand Tool Woodworking / Re: MicroBevel?
January 06, 2024, 06:01:13 AM
Here is more information on micro bevels
Hand Tool Woodworking / Re: Tormek Projection Jig
January 03, 2024, 05:23:52 AM
Dedicated USBs with collars locking the TTS-100 settings are also recommended.

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General Tormek Questions / Re: Gouge angle sharping
December 26, 2023, 02:56:10 AM

I'm having trouble visualizing what you are describing.  Please post some pictures so we can assist you.

Kind regards,
Quote from: Ken S on December 24, 2023, 03:04:41 PMI believe superabrasive wheels will expand the scope of the Tormek with supersteels, but that the needs of most users will continue to be well served with the SG and SB wheels combined with good technique.
I agree!