Beginning Again in Woodworking #3: Shop Retooling #3 - Grinder no mas!

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Blog entry by Infernal2 posted 05-28-2012 05:06 AM 1567 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I’d throw some pictures up of this disaster but I admit, I’m a little embarrassed. On my way back from the campgrounds today, the family stopped by a little flea market and I was happy to find a little Miller’s Falls Jointer for a cool five bucks. Well, excited to have something to replace my rapidly deteriorating wood bodied jointer I set to doing a little fit and polish on it this evening.

First of all, the plane blade on this thing was as dull as a rubber butter knife and the blade profile is TINY. With this in mind, I still got out the bench grinder (look Ma! No Jig!) and figured I could drop a new bevel on it.

Yeah, BIG mistake. Well, needless to say, it isn’t burned (high speed grinder) but I messed up the bevel so badly it turned my big dull jointer into a big dull hunk o’ nothing. Now, I don’t hone on a grinder, why on earth would I use power for a primary bevel??! What was I thinking??! I was able to at least straighten the blade back to a semblance of working order on an Orange Box coarse stone but obviously my grind has a flaw because it won’t hold an edge even after an intense back polish.

So, my newly polished Miller’s Falls jointer will get a nice rest and Ol’ Faithful will have to wait awhile until she’s restored. I kind of feel dopey because there is no way I’d put any of my older plane blades to a grinder…..

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#1 posted 05-28-2012 02:47 PM

It’s not how bad you screw up, it’s how well you can recover. :-)

Free Hand sharpening at the grinder is best left to dressing the edge on your lawnmower blades, but then you already knew that.

Hey, on the upside, no Blood on the project or the operator is a Good Thing. ;-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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