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Life as an Amateur Woodworker #12: Grinder Stand or Piece of Furniture?

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 11-30-2013 01:36 AM 1203 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Having a shortage of bench space, I decided that I needed to create a space for the bench grinder, and not wanting to damage any walls in the apartment, I decided a dedicated Grinder Stand was called for, but not away floor storage space.

After hunting for a while, I found what I was looking for on Woodstore.net it hardly reduced the floor space at all.

To make this you only need half a sheet of 3/4” plywood, I used pine, as it was cheaper, and some scraps of birch ply for the top and shelf, that I had in the wood bin.

Yet another simple project, it only took a couple of hours at the most, the only tools needed are, a circular saw, jigsaw, and a drill, if you want to follow the detailed plan, and make it into a piece of furniture to sit in the workshop, then you will need a router as well, but I just wanted, well made and functional.

I also used my rip fence jig, of which there are many examples, and I came across a circular saw guide on YouTube which has been very useful:

As you can see, I don’t have the best of memories, so writing on them saves having to make them again, or throwing them away as scrap!

With these two guides, it did away with having to put together the table saw, and it didn’t take much time, the only problem with my Circular Skilsaw is that the dust/chip vent fires it straight into your face if you are left handed, there is no way to attach a hose, but otherwise, it was great.

To get the arc at the bottom of the stand, I used the top from the Dog’s food bin, and then used the jigsaw to cut it out.

Then it was just a case of glue and screw, to get the backboard joined to the sides, I clamped a block to the side, and then the backboard to the block, it was like having an extra pair of hands, and made life a lot easier.

I kept pretty much to the plan, the only deviation being to incline the shelf slightly towards the back board, so anything placed on it wouldn’t roll off onto the floor. I didn’t see the point in rounding off edges etc., it does what I want it to do, and sits against a wall alongside my bench, so I am not going to catch myself on corners. I rather spend that time getting on with the next project.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright



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