|Project by javaboy||posted 07-28-2012 12:13 AM||3063 views||10 times favorited||6 comments|
Space is at a premium in my little shop, so when I started getting into turning I had to come up with a method to have my lathe tool grinder at the ready when needed, but easily stowed when not needed. I also acquired a Worksharp machine, and liked the idea of having it readily accessible too. I came up with this solution—a machine stand with a rotating top. The machines are bolted to the top, and the top is locked into position with pins that engage through the sides. A length of unneeded table saw fence guide rail provided the shaft for the table top to pivot on, but any stout steel pipe would do. The stand itself is a repurposed shopbuilt unit made for a Veritas pin router arm and foot pedal actuated router lift. The table top and sides are torsion boxes for maximum strength and stiffness—perhaps overkill, but that’s how I roll. The bottom of the cabinet was filled with over 100 pounds of sand to help counteract any top-heaviness from the cast iron grinder—heavy duty casters made the whole unit mobile. The convertible machine stand provided a very stable and versatile fixture for my sharpening machines.
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