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Project by bushmaster posted 11-18-2016 09:06 PM 2470 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I can never pass up a good deal, so I couldn’t resist these electric grinders at 70% off or $6. Canadian with the idea to use the parts to make a wooden grinder. They came in 3 colors red blue and orange plastic. Not that attractive to a wood worker. My idea was to lathe bore a piece of wood out to slip over in two pieces, glue the top on as it has to be removed to replace the batteries. Well I tried that, DISASTER… Drill went off center and the round piece I had split.
Dream went all to splinters.
So I refused to give up and decided if I could drill smaller pieces flat grain and stack them up it may work. So I chose a piece of myrtle wood that I was saving for something, it fit the bill. first step was to drill holes and cut the rings out on the bandsaw.

Then as you guessed stack them up. As I ran out of the myrtle wood I had to use some purple heart I had traced out for bread knives. The top piece I counter bored to hold the top nob from falling out the top of the grinder. You will understand in next picture. The flange fits in the counter bore.

I also lathed a block of wood to fit on the bottom so it could be gripped by the lathe chuck for the turning stage.
IMPORTANT, WRAP THE GRINDER IN WAX PAPER SO THE GLUE DOESN’T STICK TO IT. In the end the grinder came out easily but the paper was still abit stuck in.

I let it dry about four hours and couldn’t wait till the next day and decided to try lathing it to size, I used my metal lathe as it would be more of a controlled gentle cut as I was a bit nervice to do it by hand on the wood lathe.

And that is about all there is to it. The thumbnail pictures tell the rest, finished with WOP. I drilled a small hole in the base for a brad nail to secure the grinder inside, I bet the batteries would last for years. In the end I liked how the process turned out. relatively easy, I have one more I can transform, and then will be looking for another sale at Canadian Tire Store.
I think this could be a good project for a RingMaster Lathe.

Thanks for looking and hope this gives you some possible ideas for Christmas. Comments appreciated.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 11-18-2016 09:10 PM

As usual we expect innovation and excellent work from you!

Great job!

Sure looks better than the plastic thing!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 11-18-2016 10:03 PM

Very clever, Brian. That is good price for the mechanism all ready to go!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#3 posted 11-18-2016 11:52 PM

Very interesting Buddy.
I like the end result.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 11-18-2016 11:55 PM

Great looking mill. Quite innovative. Myrtle wood is a beautiful wood to work with. You just keep raising the bar!
Regards, Roman.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#5 posted 11-19-2016 12:55 AM

That’s clever work Brian….I like the red timber colouring best but overall beautiful sir…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 11-19-2016 01:59 AM

That’s a cool way to get around it. Stacking the rings is a great idea.

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

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#7 posted 11-19-2016 04:14 AM

Very unqiue!!!

I doubt my boss at work would appreciate me borrowing the press to do a glue up.


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 11-19-2016 03:53 PM

Brian, this is very creative and it’s a nice project. It’s also very educational.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 11-19-2016 05:55 PM

Very good job! It’s much better wooden than plastic. That’s very smart idea to get such parts to upgrade.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 12-01-2016 03:51 PM

Brian, great idea.

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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