Hand powered vintage bench grinder restore.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 02-24-2011 10:33 PM 16169 reads 2 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hand powered vintage bench grinder restore
with a smile to swirts 1/8 HP motor…

I fell over this sweet hand powered grinder and spend a good hour restoring it.
Now it runs like a new, actually I’m quite surprised how well and easy it runs after the restore since I never tried one before.

When it arrived it looked fine, but quite tired, and was really hard to turn.
So I disassembly it and found out it was an extremely simple construction, with few parts.
So all I needed was to make some cleanup, I used motor wash, then WD40 and a tooth brush.

There were a piece of the cast iron that had broken, and when I opened it up, it fell off.

Since it will not be stressed, and there were a clean break, I decided just to glue it with epoxy.
So a real careful clean and acetone at the end to make sure the iron was all de greased, and then a two component epoxy glue, this should hold.

The grinder was then greased with a clear car grease at all moveable parts, put together again, and the I gave the outside a thin layer of bees wax, to rust proof.
The last part was to clean and correct the stone, really fast and easy.

Here just a close up of the ‘sexy’ logo.
And I guess I focused on the grease nipple…

And action!!!
Now I can grind where ever I go!
(At least in my little garden).

Ohhh yes I got it at E-bay France, the price was a crazy 6 Euro / 8 dollar! So not too many thoughts.


Got another wonderful bench grinder of EBay!

It’s a Peugeot, yes the car producer. They made tools, pepper mills and other stuff in the old days.

The stone is brand new, with the original marks and no wear.

Aren’t that sweet?

The logo, and as you can see a mint condition.
Will I use this grinder?
Yes, I will use this one in Paris for my tools there.

This blog is made with my thoughts smiling for Swirts 1/8 HP motor, you really rock! (just wonderful).

Hope the blog can bring smiles, and for me some sharp irons…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 10:35 PM

Very cool! I’ve always wanted one of these. I’ve never found one without damage to the shiield. I see that you didn’t let that stop you! Very nice indeed.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 10:47 PM

Great find Mafe! Yours still has the tool rest… mine was broken and missing when I got it.
You will very much enjoy using it. I like that there is really no worry of burning a tool and ruining its temper.

Glad to see the photos of yours opened up. I’ve been avoiding opening mine for fear of breaking something in the process (if its not broke, don’t fix it echoes in my head)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 11:00 PM

Swirt, you should open it and clean it. You cant imagine a difference, it is well worth it. Send my hello to the little 1/8 HP. Yes the tool rest was there, and seem to be the original one.
The truth is I do have a modern water grinder, but this is for the passion for history and the quietness in the garden.
Al, yes I did not know it was broken it’s the danger of E-bay, but since it was there and easy to fix (it can be welded if needed) then no problem. The important part is that its closed so no grinding dust will get into the moving parts.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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David Kirtley

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 11:11 PM

Actually, these hand grinders can easily overheat a tool. It just takes longer than with an electric grinder. They do have one problem though. Sometimes you just sit and crank it even if you do not need to sharpen a tool. Just for fun.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#5 posted 02-24-2011 11:45 PM

This is a cool one. I have seen in my previous life.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 02-24-2011 11:46 PM

I just realized you got my post number 1000. I was saving that for my next project.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 02-25-2011 12:03 AM

Great Mads

& energy efficient. :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 02-25-2011 12:20 AM

WOW…awesome! Color me jealous! :)

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#9 posted 02-25-2011 12:44 AM

Green technology Mads. We might all need one of these in the future. A good save and quite handy too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-25-2011 12:50 AM

Nice find Mads. It seems like there was always one of these around the shop when I was young. Even after my father passed away, I kept one for several years, and finally sold it. Never cared to much for them. Mainly because I was on the horse power end of it and my father did the sharpening part. My son was not so easily amused, so I decided to go to the electric version. Don’t let it crack your fingers for you.

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#11 posted 02-25-2011 02:37 AM

wow! I’ll betcha that has got lotsa stories in it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 02-25-2011 03:13 AM

Now I know what friends are for! Cranking hand powered bench grinder, right? (Ha!)

I was delighted to see this grinder because I used my father’s model often when I was a kid. Thanks for the opportunity for memories.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#13 posted 02-25-2011 03:38 AM

I have a similar grinder that is just waiting for a little warmer weather to take a bath and get cleaned up. Got mine from my Grand-Mother’s house: Grand-Father died and she moved in with my parents. A lot of memories of playing with it as a kid.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#14 posted 02-25-2011 03:58 AM

nice refurbing Mads and well done playing with the epoxy :-)
my uncle that gave me my first copple of cheisels had one when he was alive
where it is now I don´t know but I have wished in many years it was mine
maybee its still in the fammely somewhere , hope so

take care

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#15 posted 02-25-2011 04:39 AM

You just made my day, i didn’t even think they made these. You’ve opened up a new imagination for me for tools to seek out. If you ever do a video on this i’d like to see it. I love your hand tool projects.

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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