|Forum topic by Brian Shourd||posted 11-01-2011 03:01 AM||3888 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
11-01-2011 03:01 AM
I just purchased the Veritas grinder tool rest to replace the abysmal tool rests on my Ryobi bench grinder. The problem is that the guards on the grinder don’t actually leave enough clearance to use the tool rest at all. This picture shows the problem.
The part circled in red is the problem, this next picture shows how it interferes with the tool rest.
Unfortunately, this nub is permanently affixed to the rest of the guard, and can’t easily be removed.
So I have several options:
I don’t really think that I’d like to do 1, since I like this tool rest, and I’m not sure that another one would be able to fit any better.
I don’t really have a problem with 2, aside from the fact that I don’t like marring my tools, if I can avoid it. I’m also not convinced that this will help me much – the real problem is that the guards leave too little of the grinding wheel exposed for working with.
As for number 3, every safety thing ever about grinders tells you not to do this. I’ve seen lots of pictures of grinders without the side guards, though, so I don’t know how serious the danger really is.
So I thought that I would get my fellow Lumberjocks to tell me what they think.