bench grinder tool rest

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Project by cyclops4069 posted 04-14-2014 02:01 PM 44714 views 56 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project on this forum…..and to be honest, whilst its a very quick and perhaps “rough” build…it sort of represents some of the things I really enjoy in woodworking. I’m starting to love making tools, tool jigs and the like. Whilst I have used some machinery to get through this build – my aim is to ultimately use the equipment I build for most of my wood working projects.

With this bench grinder tool rest – I was motivated by a very recent project by another forum-ite “bit101” and “stumpy nubs” and also by the fact that I have just bought “another” bunch of old chisels that I was anticipating resurrecting for another life in my shop. A bench grinder rest seemed just the ticket….so I dived into it.

as you can see from the photos, its been predominantly made from 19mm plywood, a handful of wood screws and a few stick of douglas fir. Ok – a couple of long bolts with wing-nut knobs and a small leftover piece of aluminium track that I had stored for that rainy day use!!. It all came together over 1 evening…and a couple beers.

Hope you like it….still needs a bit of sanding down to bring to a smooth square finish and perhaps a couple coats of polyurethene. otherwise – its pretty much there….

-- regards, cyclops4069

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#1 posted 04-14-2014 02:21 PM

nice Jig

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 03:31 PM

great job, looks like it will work well.

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 04:30 PM

nice idea and design. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 04-14-2014 05:29 PM

pretty cool.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 04-14-2014 06:17 PM

very nice, tks for posting

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#6 posted 04-14-2014 07:30 PM

Great looking jig. You are a man after my own heart, I would rather build a tool than buy it. A belated welcome to Lumberjocks by the way!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 04-14-2014 07:48 PM

Very nice indeed my friend.
An idea that I may have to borrow.
Thank you for sharing your talent.

And allow me to add my belated welcome to LJ’s !

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#8 posted 04-14-2014 11:01 PM

many thanks for the kind words…..glad you liked the jig.

-- regards, cyclops4069

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#9 posted 04-14-2014 11:10 PM

Very nice. Puts mine to shame!

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#10 posted 04-14-2014 11:18 PM

bit – no way!...your one gave me a pile of motivation to do this one!...

-- regards, cyclops4069

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#11 posted 04-15-2014 01:29 AM

Looks good @cy… I’ll definitely be “borrowing” this idea.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. -

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#12 posted 04-15-2014 01:46 AM

Very nice jig!! Well done!!!.........................Jim

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

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#13 posted 04-15-2014 01:09 PM

ok….I set the jig up in front of my 150mm dia grinder and sharpened my first chisel this evening. For some reason there was a bit of movement but I found it to be the grinder that was loose on one of its anchoring bolts….whew….once tightened – the jig performed very well…I’ve even got a slice of skin off the tip of one of my fingers for my efforts….I think I did get it down to scary sharp after some committed effort on my Japanese water stones. I’ll put these chisels up as another project….but that wont be until I have a few good chisel handles organised….again – thanks for looking and your kind words.

-- regards, cyclops4069

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#14 posted 04-22-2014 06:07 PM

Nice jig, I’ve been planning to make one like it for a while now.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#15 posted 07-30-2015 10:57 AM

Very nice work! Looks like I just found another “next” shop tool project…

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