A stand for granny's old grinder

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Project by hairy posted 03-31-2016 05:44 PM 1121 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hate to throw anything away. Especially a piece of wood with potential. I hung onto a piece of cherry since making this bowl.

The grinder was my mothers. I remember cranking it for her when I was 6 or 7 years old. It was old then. It’s been clamped to a shelf near my workbench. I would see it every day. The wood scrap was on a cart. I saw it every day. You’d think it would add up to something someday, I guess I just had to keep seeing it until I finally saw it.

If I knew back then what it would become, I could have have saved myself a lot of work while it was on the lathe. It wasn’t too bad. I cut the sides with a hand held jig saw, used my spokeshaves and little block plane, rasps and files and finally a jitterbug sander.

11” tall x 15” o.d. x 1” thick. Food grade mineral oil finish.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#1 posted 03-31-2016 05:54 PM

I really like it, Hairy. I love the old antiques.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 03-31-2016 07:03 PM

Beautiful stand. Nothing beter than old fashioned hand maschine.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 03-31-2016 10:27 PM

Looks very cool ! Nice job.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 03-31-2016 11:09 PM

I’ve used one like that when I was young. Are you planning to use it or is it only for display?

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#5 posted 04-01-2016 12:06 AM

There will be chicken salad in the near future. It will get used.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#6 posted 04-01-2016 12:37 AM

Hairy. Thanks for posting that project. The Mounting of the Old Grinder on that Lovely Cherry is Superb.

I also have very fond memories of helping Grandma cranking the hand mincer that looked exactly like the one you have… clamped to the edge of the kitchen table and Grandma would be cutting up bits of meat and bread and carrots to make mince and carefully winding the crank handle and letting me have a go at cranking and keeping a sharp eye that “Little Cliff” didn’t put his fingers in the mincing hole. I was fascinated by the sharp round blades traveling on an offset angle that seemed to come from nowhere and didn’t go anywhere but ground up the meat etc so beautifully. Great Days and Great Memories…...early 50s…....

Maybe you can mince up some apples Hairy.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#7 posted 04-01-2016 04:19 AM

Great project hairy. Nice way to put something so sentimental in use again.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#8 posted 04-01-2016 12:41 PM

Boy did that turn out nice! Great memories too.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#9 posted 04-01-2016 03:09 PM

Excellent!!! I have one of these grinders. I need this. Thanks for posting it.

-- Don, -

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#10 posted 04-01-2016 05:31 PM

maybe the wood had to wait to tell you it wanted to be . that happens to me all the time. my family thanks i am crazy when i go to the shop to see if the wood will talk to me and say what it wants to be

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#11 posted 04-01-2016 08:17 PM

Love it. Great design.

-- Design, Build, Inspire.

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#12 posted 04-02-2016 11:20 AM

What a gr8 idea Hairy. I remember my mother using one of these.

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

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#13 posted 04-02-2016 01:34 PM

Great idea, My family still uses the Crank grinders all the time in the kitchen for everything , especially around the Holidays.

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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