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Project by PirateOfCatan posted 11-06-2009 04:36 PM 3037 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I were out Yard Sailing when we saw an old Singer treadle machine in a much nicer table than the one we currently had. She asked me what I wanted to do with two sewing machines. Replace the sewing machine with the bench grinder was my answer.

It worked out to be a great fit. I have yet to notch the top so I can leave the left guard on when folding down the grinder. Wrenches, buffing compound and spare parts are stored in the drawers. In the future I might hook up the treadle to a buffing cone since it is clear of the grinder.

It is a bit of work get the sewing machine off of the base. If you are going to attempt this, then have a strong large flat head screw driver.

-- P.O.C.

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#1 posted 11-06-2009 04:52 PM

I don’t know what to say… Great idea and it looks great but on an item that so sought after out on the left coast!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 11-06-2009 04:57 PM

Seems to be a waste of a beautiful old Antique , but hey , it’s yours. Enjoy !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 11-06-2009 05:18 PM

I didn’t know those were sougt after.
I was trying to sell one a few years. Ended up giving it away.

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#4 posted 11-06-2009 05:24 PM

That’s just cool.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 11-06-2009 05:29 PM

That is a really great idea. Perfect place to sit and sharpen things. Hooking up the treadle to a buffer would be a great bonus.

-- Kyle Shipp,

View PirateOfCatan's profile


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#6 posted 11-06-2009 05:47 PM

Kindlingmaker and Dusty56, we had the same reservations about destroying the table and sewing machine. The table I turned into the grinder stand was structurally fine, but the veneer was/is not in great shape, the center drawer is missing, it was a “plain Jane” model and the knobs are bad replacements. The sewer itself has a lot of wear (from use) and a few (minor) condition issues. Ultimately the fact was we got a much nicer table and machine and now had a spare. Since we got both for a total of $70 and we see a lot of them they are less of a commodity in our minds.

In the future we plan to turn it into a very heavy side table.

Thank you all for your comments and taking a look.

-- P.O.C.

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#7 posted 11-06-2009 06:16 PM


-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 11-06-2009 06:33 PM

Nice job! I love it!

But one question: How can you keep the treadle going long enough to sharpen any tools? LOL!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#9 posted 11-06-2009 07:27 PM

....and if the power goes off…. just hook it up to the manual peddle.


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#10 posted 11-06-2009 07:57 PM

Great idea.
My wife inherited a small cabinet with 9 of those sewing machine drawers re-mounted in a case to form a set (3X3).
If you have access to more of these bases you might think of using the drawers that way.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 11-06-2009 07:58 PM

I like your idea…...and the buffing wheel would be neat. Good job.

-- John @

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#12 posted 03-14-2010 04:10 AM

w#@? but it is the same bench grinder I use.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#13 posted 03-14-2010 04:20 AM

neat idea!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#14 posted 02-13-2011 04:10 AM

The idea is good, but Oh No not on an antique singer I wouldn’t

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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