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Hand powered bench grinders #2: Restore of a old English grinder

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Blog entry by mafe posted 01-12-2022 11:39 PM 1105 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Restore of a old English grinder
that a really nice man gave me.

Hi there,

I was so lucky, that an old guy came to my door and offered me some tools, amongst them were this old English hand grinder.

It’s the guy who gave me the old multi tool also, that I restored and brought back to life.

Honestly, when I saw it, I were thinking hmmmmmmmmmmm, I already have two of this kind, does it make sense to restore one more?

Well I thought it was sweet, as it was a small version, so it could be one, that can come with me easy on a tour, or just in the garden, also he is such a nice man, so I would feel a joy in doing it out of gratitude, finally I do love old tool and almost as much to restore them, if they are at a reasonable state.
So…


A little rusty, but not too bad, the paint pitted from rust, but not too bad, it could not turn and this was bad…


The stone, cracked and deform, really bad!


Completely rusted together with the axle, so it broke in two over the crack.
That’s fine as it was so deformed, that I did not think it made sense to use it.


Whhhhhooooo that’s dirty, but the good side is, that it was still full of oil and grease, so it had not rusted inside.
That’s a good thing!


It was put in a petroleum bath over night, then some WD40 and finally oil, as I have no grease here.


It was put back together then it ran like a dream.
But that was all back in August in my allotment and I did not have a new stone there, so it just spend some time in the back of my car.


Finally winter and back in the workshop, it could become familiar, with it’s new family, after I had mounted a new second hand stone on it, that stone were actually a gift from my good friend Flemming, so it’s some how a double gift. As I said many times before, I’m a lucky monkey.
Actually the tow others are French, so they are not hand cranked grinders, they are: meule à aiguiser de table.


Yesterday I removed most of the old spilled white paint from it, gave it grease and adjusted the stone in place.


Well used but quite fine now, vintage in the best way, not too much, not too little restore.


Big Wheels Keep On Turning ...


While I were in the mood, I dressed all the wheels, to make sure there were no wobbling in and out, that will affect the sharpening, it’s ok with a little from side to side, but not up and down, as it will affect the grinding angle.
So they all got a tour with a dressing wheel, I’m always amazed how effective they are.


Make sure the dresser is on the tool rest, slowly move it forward, when it touch a bubp, dress that by holding it steady there until it’s quiet, the slowly move a wee bit forward and repeat, at the end you will have a flat wheel, without any pumps.


That’s it for the this little family.

One, two, three
Turn it up
Big wheels keep on turnin’
Carry me home to see my kin
Singin’ songs about the south-land
I miss Alabamy once again and I think it’s a sin, yes
Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well I heard ol’ Neil put her down
Well I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don’t need him around anyhow
Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord I’m comin’ home to you…..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrmWFjnAP2E

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or some wheels that will keep on turnin’...

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.



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pottz

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#1 posted 01-13-2022 12:27 AM

so cool buddy.and yes you always inspire and make me smile.everyone should be so happy to have some mads in their life,even if he’s half a world away.but with all your stories and many pic’s you feel very close my friend.thank you for sharing your life with us.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 01-13-2022 01:20 AM

Very nice, Mads! I keep my eyes open, hoping to see such a grinder, but haven’t found one yet. Glad you have such a nice little family.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 01-13-2022 01:37 AM

Nice of you to keep these antiques around and running!..............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dutchy

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#4 posted 01-13-2022 07:44 AM

Environmentally friendly !!

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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lew

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#5 posted 01-13-2022 12:44 PM

Very cool old grinders, Mads! Pretty soon you’ll need a larger shop!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 01-13-2022 05:13 PM

That make a nice gift Mads and the fact you gave it another generation of life is great. Actually you need one more for each corner of the shop. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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mtnwild

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#7 posted 01-13-2022 05:19 PM

Hey, I have one of those…Just sayin’...lol…

Man of many tallents…Interesting…Good information…Cool man…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Doug

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#8 posted 01-13-2022 09:08 PM

It’s always good to have a spare for your spare.

-- Doug

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woodchucker1

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#9 posted 01-13-2022 10:25 PM

A whole family now ! Papa Bear Grinder, Mamma Bear Grinder, and Baby Bear Grinder. I could write a chidren’s story about these .

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 01-14-2022 12:01 AM

Got my Tormek, so I won’t waste everyone’s time on the grinder Mads, however, have you considered ,

artificial turf?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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mafe

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#11 posted 01-14-2022 01:10 AM

Hi guys,

Pottz, Thank you dearest Pottz, always such a joy to have you around, even it’s half a globe away. Big greatful smile.

Dave P, thanks Dave, here no one wants them, so when they are found they cost nothing, but I have to say, most old tools here, has been trashed, so it’s not a lot one come by any more, but it’s like there are a whole new generation, interested in the old tools now. (I might be sitting on a gold mine, laugh).

Jim J, yes I’m kind of a running museum once in a while, was never the attention, but wouldn’t leave a crying kid in the street would we? Smiles, cheers.

Dutchy, laugh, as long as I don’t fat like the cows…

Lew, yes I am afraid so, I might also just start selling out a wee bit soon, to leave rom for new stuff… smiles Lew.

doubleDD, laughing big time, that was a wonderful excuse, I’ll remember that… well not with the hand planes, I don’t have that many corners…

mtnwild, Then you are right at home here, lol. Thank you with a smile.

Doug, you are the man!!! Thanks.

woodchucker1, How lovely, yes that could make a wonderful children’s book.
I did write a little fairytale about a handplane here, about ten years ago: https://www.lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/22167

Littleblackspot, laughs, you can try and dip one of these in water, to get at hand cranked Tormek.

Have you? Considered artificial turf?

It’s called a zen garden, I’m meditating there right now and in 20 years or so, I might get to look at that turf, kind of hoping it will grow into weed…
Smiles.

Best thoughts, to you all,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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FrenchGoattoys

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#12 posted 01-14-2022 04:29 AM

I love old hand tools.

-- KJ, Spokane, WA.: Don’t count the days; make the days count.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 01-14-2022 11:48 AM


.... Littleblackspot, laughs, you can try and dip one of these in water, to get at hand cranked Tormek.

Have you? Considered artificial turf?
- mafe

Thanks Mads, but not needed.

I only grew the beard to fit in with the fräuleins when I move to Churchill from Melbourne 11 years ago. Nowadays I hide my head in shame and wear an animal nightie to disguise my sex,

the beard I leave to the missus.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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doubleDD

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#14 posted 01-14-2022 01:34 PM

Mads, when someone asks me why just remember, any excuse is a excuse. Hahahaha

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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mafe

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#15 posted 01-14-2022 01:51 PM

LittleBlackDuck, I give up, you are… little balck duck. I better stop now, as I can’t really bare if you take it any further now, this image is a little more than I can bare, even I have to say, a few of those Churchill girls must be jealous now on those shoes. Just promise me to change clothes, before you go to church on that hill. Laughing big time, while wondering if that’s the only set of work clothes you have.

doubleDD, laughs, when I look around and see how many tools I have around me, I guess deny will not work, so I better just admit… I’m a magnet! Laughs.

Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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