Bench Grinder Stand

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Project by andrewr79 posted 02-12-2013 10:38 AM 7203 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago when I moved out my Dad gave me some of his tools that he wouldn’t need again but wanted me to have. He kept most of his power tools but when I suggested his bench grinder should come and live with me he gave in and let me take it.

It’s an old Skil brand grinder from either the late 70′s or early 80′s. The brand vanished years ago but appears to have been quite decent at the time. It’s suddenly reappeared in the local hardware giant but the quality difference is very apparent.

This old grinder has 125mm wheels, or 5 inches in old terms. What this means is that buying wheels for it is near impossible, so I’ve been using it with what was on it, and a wire wheel for cleaning tools that didn’t need the guard so would still fit.

I’ve been clamping it to my little portable bench whenever I wanted to use it but have been doing so more and more lately so wanted to give it a permanent home. A few spare hours and some more of the scrap pile resulted in this stand.

It’s just pine and MDF, glue and screws and a couple of bolts, and took about an hour and half from start to finish including sanding and oiling it.

If I was doing it over I think I’d consider doing three feet instead of four, one long one across the front plus a back one, as they may have handled the uneven floor in my workshop better, and I would have made them slightly longer just to increase stability, but it works fine as it is and these are just thoughts on how to improve it. I’m very happy with the result.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-12-2013 10:57 AM

It looks like a good idea, but it might be a bit top heavy. Might need to extend the legs a bit.

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#2 posted 02-12-2013 11:00 AM

Monte, you’re spot on, it is a little top heavy. It’s not going to fall over easily (I’ve tried bumping it over just to make sure) but I think an extra 5-10cm on each of the feet would have a made a world of difference.

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