Tools #3: Grinding and polishing station

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Blog entry by PASs posted 03-18-2014 12:19 AM 2956 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a thing for filing cabinets. I have 19 (nineteen) in my shop.
I get them for free or dirt cheap off Craig’s List. And they are all high quality (Hon or equivalent.)
A couple weeks ago I decided to consolidate my two grinders on separate stations into one master station.
My main grinder was set on a rolling tool stand. It has the lathe sharpening setup underneath.

The second grinder is a cheapo for general purpose grinding.

The goal was to mount them back-to-back in the (futile) hope that I could use the sharpening system on either side.

I decided to use a single 2-drawer cabinet. It looked like it was big enough for what I wanted.

I disassembled the lathe sharpening setup and placed the two grinders on the cabinet just to make sure there was enough room, and to see how the wheels lined up (see failed lathe sharpening goal above.)

They lined up well enough so I started the cut-and-fit assembly (a.k.a. no plans required, make it up as you go.)
I knew I was going to make a plywood top so I could hang the lathe sharpening attachments off the end.
I did some eyeballing and decided on the size I wanted and whacked up a piece of cheap Chinese plywood I got for free from my daughter-in-law’s shop. Note the table saw outfeed table I finally got around to making (it worked GREAT!)

I knew I wanted to be able to roll it around so I went looking (in the filing cabinets) for the casters I get when I can (Craigslist.) I found some that I felt would do the job. When I flipped the filing cabinet over I found it was an open-bottom design, and it had corner braces with holes in them. I decided to just bolt the wheels through the holes with some washers in the hope it would be sturdy enough (it wasn’t.)

I didn’t have any lock washers and didn’t want to use up my loctite so I went with the shade-tree loctite.

Since the corner supports weren’t extremely heavy duty I decided to break the inside edge to stiffen them up.
Nothing does the job like a monkey wrench.

Followed with a little ball peening.

Wheels on and ready to roll!

I flipped the beast back over and got to work laying out the topside components.
I decided to double up on the plywood to cut down on any vibration.

Got both grinders mounted back-to-back with the lathe sharpening system under the primary grinder (too long a reach to be effective on the back-side grinder but that wasn’t a requirement anyway.) Then drilled holes along the back to hang the sharpening attachments.

Sharpening depth jig in place.

Primary sharpening system ready to roll.

Just not long enough to work from the back side grinder.

I was feeling so proud of myself I closed everything up and started to roll the whole assembly up the ramp into the garage.

FAIL!!! When the wheels hit the ramp the support bent right back under.

So, I muscled the whole thing on the work table to put a plywood bottom on.

I made the bottom a little longer in case I wanted to put a foot on it when I roll it around and up the ramp.

Hope you enjoy.
Appreciate any comments/critiques.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 12:45 AM

Very good use of an old filing cabinet!


Nice work!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 08:36 AM

Bending the steel braces in the corners was very resourceful of you Pete, even if it didn’t work out in the end because of the ramp. Great use for the old filing cabinet too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 12:00 PM

What a fantastic, simple, and most importantly, affordable way to get quick storage and a mobil station. Thnx for posting. I like simple and affordable.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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