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    • Peter Blok
      Peter Blok

      There are calculators but basically the math is easy. A full circle has 360 deg. You divide 360 by the number of sides. Then divide that number by 2. As an example for 4 sides 360 / 4 = 90 and 90/2 is 45 so each corner cut is 45 deg. For 6 sides 360/6 = 60 and 60/ 2 = 30 so each corner cut is 30 deg.

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  1. John Beamish
    John Beamish

    I’m using a 3/4″ wide gouge to gouge out spoons in Basswood. I’m having a terrible time putting a sharp edge on the gouge. Is there any easy way to calculate at what angle to hold the gouge while rotating against the sharpening wheel? Thanks

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello John,

      Here’s what the experts had to say about your question:
      I’m not aware of a formula. I sharpen by hand using a diamond stone, and strop using leather and a compound, kinda like this setup: https://amzn.to/3zcp7EH

      Sincerely,
      Paul
      Wood Workers Guild of America Expert

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Eileen,

      Thank you for being a Gold member! Please type your specific question here, and we will have our expert answer it for you.

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Woodworkers Guild of America Video Membership

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