Around the Shop #8: Grinder Stand, with 'plans'

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 04-27-2015 04:50 AM 11132 reads 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Practice Moldings with my Stanley #55 Part 8 of Around the Shop series Part 9: Winding Sticks »

So along with several other LumberJocks, I got an 8” Slow Speed Grinder recently (last week).

This weekend I decided to spend some time to make a stand for it.
It only took me about an hour to build this, and I only used a pair of 2×4’s and a piece of 12” x 18” 3/4” plywood (and some screws)

I also have a rough set of ‘plans’ that I made for it as well. Was pretty simple to do. Unfortunately, the camera was being less than cooperative (so I got none of it recorded). As such, I made these make shift assembly instructions the same way I built it. It may be useful or it may not, not really sure.


The assembled plan in sketchop


The exploded view of how the parts go together.


A cut list for the parts I used (also a link to a larger image).

2x12” with 45° partial miter on both ends
4x12” with 45° partial miter on one end
1x12”x18”x3/4” plywood


First step was to screw the pair of 32” pieces to the 3-1/2” pieces in the middle. This was in lieu of using a 4×4 (to cut down on cost/waste).


Next I attached the first foot to the ‘front’ of the column. I used 2 screws into the column to secure it.


I attached the second foot on the side. I again used 2 screws to secure it.


Third foot went on the same.


After the 4th foot was installed with 2 screws, I went back and put a 3rd screw in all the feet. This third screw went through one leg, into the end grain of the next one.


Next I used 2 screws to secure each of the two table supports to the column, taking care to get them roughly level (and the tops of the two co-planer).


The top is centered horizontally, with 3” of overhang on either side. I left more overhang on the front than the back (2” on the back, and 3-1/2” on the front). This was so I could have more space in front for installing an after market tool rest down the road.

I used 6 screws through the top into the supports to hold it down.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#1 posted 04-27-2015 10:34 AM

Nice work Mos.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 04-27-2015 11:26 AM

Good looking stand.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 04-27-2015 01:16 PM

Nice Mos, that was a steal on those grinders.
What is that machine in the background?

-- Putty

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#4 posted 04-27-2015 01:34 PM

Thanks guys!

Putty, assuming you mean the thing just off the left of the grinder, on a shelf below the window; it’s a small single stage air compressor/tire inflator

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#5 posted 04-27-2015 02:13 PM

Wish I had known I might have bought one. Sold out now and I spent my money on 45 cutters.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#6 posted 04-27-2015 02:43 PM

It was a pretty good deal, even though mine arrived with definite signs of having been used.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#7 posted 04-28-2015 01:39 AM

Really cool. I may borrow this idea. Looks good

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#8 posted 04-28-2015 03:33 AM

Thanks Dan. It was quick, simple, cheap, and works well. The 4 things I wanted in a grinder stand :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#9 posted 04-29-2015 07:37 PM

I dig it Mos. Outstandingly informative post on the build too. Thank you.

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 04-29-2015 10:08 PM

I really like this grinder stand. Last fall I built a balance scale for my daughter’s Science Olympiad and used the exact same style of feet and it was very stable.


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#11 posted 04-30-2015 04:05 AM

Thanks Tony and Rick. It is pretty stable, and I’m quite happy with it thus far, though I’ve only used it for using the grinder twice now, and clamping something to for rotary tool use once…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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