Homemade wet grinder ( Tormek style)

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Forum topic by Julian posted 04-06-2009 04:25 AM 17944 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-06-2009 04:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig wet grinder

I found these pics after scouring the web looking for a cheap but reliable method of wet grinding plane and chisel blades. It’s a cheap and dirty Tormek!

I am really thinking about trying this out. I already have a 1750 rpm motor so I figure that I just need a pair of pillow blocks, an axle, and some homemade tool rest. The rest of the odds and ends I have laying around.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#1 posted 04-06-2009 04:33 AM

And a rain coat :^)

Guessing from the pulley sizes, the wheel will be spinning around 500rpm.

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#2 posted 04-06-2009 04:52 AM

Well, I would get pulleys to try and replicate the 90 rpm of the original. The idea of making a wet grinder is appealing to me. I have had good results with a bench grinder, but would love to not have to worry about burning the edges.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 04-06-2009 05:50 AM

The 90 RPM sounds good to me. I think lew is right aobut a rain coat at 500 + :-)) Speaking of burning, I needed a saw for some quick cuts on a trip with our 5th wheel. We were in a small twon with one hardware store. They had a few small stanley hand saw. The teeth on every one of them was burned! Guess they could use a wet grinder in teh saw shop :-))

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#4 posted 04-06-2009 03:29 PM

That much naked belt worries me. Don’t let that raincoat (or anything else) get in there. Perhaps you will add a cover on your final model. Also some sort of stable, adjustable tool support…

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#5 posted 04-07-2009 02:54 AM

Even cheaper would be a treadle and crank arrangement.

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