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Everyone has a bench grinder, right? They're endlessly handy, useful for anything from
sharpening chisels, to deburring saw cuts, to shaving the whorls off your fingertips.
The problem is, not everyone mounts them to a bench. In fact, given the amount of dust
and grit they can generate, putting it on the bench where you're trying to work is bad news.
A very common- and somewhat redneck- stand for them, can be made from an old car rim
and a section of steel pipe. Some even fill the rim with concrete or leave the tire on for "stability".
I, however, wanted to do better than that. Your tools should look like tools,
machines you can be proud of, not scrap welded together because you couldn't be bothered.
So I set about to make a better stand. I'd aquired a Lisle 600 drill grinder, which is
basically a fancy bench grinder with doodads for sharpening drill bits, but I had absolutely
nowhere in the shop to put it. My benches are, as usual, packed. A stand was the obvious
choice, but I didn't want yet another rim-and-pipe monstrosity... I already had two. :)
I decided to make a squarish column stand, like older Baldor grinders had.
I started by making a cardboard pattern for the base, which was going to be a
low angle pyramid. The angle itself wasn't important, so I simply cut and retrimmed some
cardboard pieces 'til it looked about right. I transferred that angle to a long strip
of 10-ga steel, and cut them off with a plasma cutter.
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