Smoke grinder

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Project by Dietmar posted 07-29-2013 04:54 AM 3030 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw this smoke grinder on Roy Underhills’ “Woodwrights Shop” and liked it. It was made with hand tools only.

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 06:45 AM

Beautifully made machine. Of course you’ll get everyone asking what a smoke grinder is…but since it’s on my list of things to make I won’t let on!!

-- Howard, South Australia

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 09:28 AM

I saw one of these many years ago in fact it was when I was a teenager, back then it was called a watch a me jigger,

I built it thinking it was a very unique project.
Alas its now known as a smoke generator.
Very Interesting!

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 11:09 AM

Looks great. Very useful. I couldn’t do without mine.

-- Guy,PEI

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 01:07 PM

Impresive! Looks cool.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 07-29-2013 01:11 PM

This came out very nice, should prove to be a valuable asset to your thing-a-ma-jig arsenal.

I never made one of these, so for my personal reference should I decide to try, is this one a right or left handed version?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 01:43 PM

If you make a long flat arm with a row of adjustable holes it becomes an oval cutting jig for your router. Mine has a 30” square base and a 12 ft arm. I use it to cut oval conference tables.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#7 posted 07-30-2013 03:20 AM

I missed the episode of Roy making one but had a sketch on my desktop for several months, figured it would be a fun Saturday afternoon project. Never got around to it and deleted the file. Now I wish I hadn’t.


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#8 posted 07-30-2013 05:28 AM

I made one like that quite a few years ago but I called mine a BS grinder and kept it in my cube at work.

Every time my manager came to my cube he would pick it up and ”grind away” while spouting something managerial. He was unaware of what I called it and why I kept it in my cube but I feel he did use it appropriately! He was also unaware that everyone else in the group knew it’s name and my reason for having it in my cube.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 07-31-2013 04:53 AM

Nice contrasting wood and finish. Did you get the plans from the episode? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 07-31-2013 05:22 AM

That reminds me of when I was a first year apprentice, and my Journeyman told me to go to the engineering department and get a Long Stand….. Two hours later I was sent back ….

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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