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Blog entry by lumberdog posted 09-09-2010 02:04 AM 1431 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago i started looking for some kind of plan for a grinder frame using a 22’ stone wheel, i couldn’t find a plan but i found a couple of photos but they were not appropriate for the early 1800s time period.
So i came up with what i think is close to what was built in the era.
It is made out of oak,maple,ash and the water box is made of red ceder, it is put together with hand made square nails. The stone started out at 22” but i had to take 1/2” off to true it up. !

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 02:32 AM

That’s a robust looking grinder! I can’t comment on authenticity, but it sure looks straightforward, sturdy, and functional. Thanks for sharing.

-- Ones' greatest strength is most often their greatest weakness.

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 08:54 PM

Nicely done! I have an old stone that was my grandfathers and I may have to try something like this! His is smaller and wider and is probably limestone from the quarry in Alabama where he worked.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 09:16 PM

I love that grinder and you did a great job on it. I love the old tools.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 09:33 PM

That looks great.
Where did you get the stone?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 10:19 PM

Great goings! I would kill for a stone like that….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 09-10-2010 02:04 PM

These stones are fairly easy to find here in Michigan, this one has been on the family property as long as anyone can remember. I have two more about the same size but not in as good a shape, and three more that are smaller. My neighbor has one that is about three foot across and five inches thick. Here is a website that you may find interesting.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#7 posted 09-11-2010 04:37 AM

Interesting bit of history. Thanks.

-- Galootish log blog,

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