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Poor man's "Tormak" sharpener

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Being too cheap to pay the money for a Tormak sharpener I came up with my own version using a Harbor Freight water wheel grinder-sharpener and some junk I had in the shop. The junk was a piece of medical equipment with numerous horizontal and vertical adjustments that I found back in the 1970’s when I walked through a floor of an office building that was under renovation. That floor had a number of doctor’s offices and in the corner amid all of the torn up dry wall was this odd contraption that looked like I could find a use for one day. So I took it home. That day came 40 years later after moving that thing from one corner of the shop to the other for forty years. I cut down that medical device to fit and it allows me to raise/lower and shift from side to side the item to be sharpened using nicely machined racks and pinions and nice knobs for tightening. It works like a charm . . . and I have a high speed grinding wheel on it to boot!

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ralbuck

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#1 posted 04-24-2018 03:03 AM

How many times were you tempted to throw it away?

Great rescue! Good design too!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 04-24-2018 03:15 AM

Very cool recycling.

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#3 posted 04-24-2018 11:03 AM

Very clever, Rufus. A good use of antique junk!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#4 posted 04-24-2018 11:09 AM

That day came 40 years later after moving that thing from one corner of the shop to the other for forty years.

I have done that too. But I usually find the use for it about 1 week after I finally throw it out!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 04-24-2018 11:50 AM

Well done!
I bought the Grizzly version! A little cheaper than the Tormak. I think the word “junk” means (of no value) but it looks like there was plenty of value in the medical equipment you saved for 40 years.
I’m like EEngineer, Finding a use for it after I toss it out!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 04-24-2018 01:42 PM



That day came 40 years later after moving that thing from one corner of the shop to the other for forty years.

I have done that too. But I usually find the use for it about 1 week after I finally throw it out!

- EEngineer

Same here.

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