Around the shop #7: tooling about

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Blog entry by dsb1829 posted 12-04-2008 07:51 PM 789 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Enter the Sharpening Station Part 7 of Around the shop series Part 8: Geeking out »

Starting up a new series here. Just random drivel pouring out of my shop. Comments are welcome.

Nothing too exciting around the shop this week. I worked Friday, so no long Holiday weekend for me. Saturday was house cleaning. I did get a chance to finish up sharpening and tuning the Sandusky woodie.

Finally Sunday afternoon I got some shop time. Ended up spending half that time sitting there scratching my head. Then the other half doubting the decisions made in the first half. Check out this thread for details of that mess.
Here is a shot of the pile of rough poplar in question

Still scratching my head a bit, but think the route forward is in motion. I am most concerned with conservation of thickness, so ripping to jointer width on the bandsaw is going to be the best path forward.

Last night I finally got the Woodcraft low speed grinder out of the box. Initial impressions are mixed. The speed and noise are good. The narrow format, thin guards, and cheap tool rests leave some to be desired.

The stock tool rests are finished by paint or powder coat over the rough cast iron. Cast iron is good. The weight will help damp out some of the vibration. The rough finish is not so good. Another noteworthy trait is that these tool rests are tiny. They may be fine for chisels, but I wouldn’t trust my ability to keep a wide iron flat instead of teetering off the edge.

So I have devised a plan to pilfer the tool rests off my high speed grinder. They have a lot more surface to register on.

I just need to decide the best route to attach the parts. I am leaning towards JB Weld or Epoxy. I started to go the drill and tap path, but thought better. The cast parts stand a fair chance or cracking during the process. It would also lead to holes in both rests that could collect abrasives or catch on tools I am working. Since this isn’t a high stress application I think it is fine to go the epoxy route. Eventually I would like to make or purchase independent tool rests, but with the holidays coming that will have to wait a while.

I think the high speed grinder is a good candidate for buffing duty. It has a much wider stance at the arbor mounts. This conversion would also be good since I am borrowing the tool rests for the new grinder.

That’s all I got for this edition. Look for progress on that rough lumber in the next go round, a grinder update, and maybe some more discussion of the sharpening station. Thanks for reading.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#1 posted 12-05-2008 12:30 AM

Looks nice Doug.

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#2 posted 12-05-2008 05:30 PM

Thanks. Generally it looks a mess to me, but it is my mess so I work with it.

I got the woodcraft grinder fully operational last night. My comments on the tool rests were spot on. The stock surface finish, even with a light lapping that I did are too rough. The dips and humps catch the tool so even grinding across the wheel is pretty much impossible. For chisels the stock rest width is indeed wide enough (well, st least up to 1” chisels).

I am really liking the low speed. Much lower stress and a whole lot less vibration.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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