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Old bench press turned into 2x72 grinder

Discussion in 'Other Projects' started by Alex.D, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. Alex.D

    Alex.D New Member

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    Ok folks here's the story behind the madness. I've been grinding my knives on a 1x30 for the past months with good results but, since money is tight lately and I wanted something to keep my creative juice flowing aside from knife blade desing I decided to go in the garage and take apart my old benchpress and turn it into a 2X72 grinder. After tinkering on this frankenstein grinder for a few days here's what I got, Needs Tracking, platen, and drive wheels and of course a few belts, aside from that it's all solid and stable. Motor is 3/4HP not DC so a variable control might not work. Total money spent
    on this grinder is $140.00 since the motor was already in my garage.
    I'll have a video soon when I get wheels for it t'ill then keep the sparks flying!

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    Hope some of you find this project inspiering.
    Cheers!
     
  2. Foster J

    Foster J Active Member

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    Necessity is the mother of invention, nice job.
     
  3. Alex.D

    Alex.D New Member

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    :DThe belt is 3 1x30 taped together for visual FX only. The contact wheel is from a dolly. I'm hopping to get a kit of wheels within the 2 to 3 weeks from now.
    Cheers!
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Brilliant! Red Green would be proud of you!
     
  5. Alex.D

    Alex.D New Member

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    :D Long live duck tape!
     
  6. Icho-

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    That's coming along really good!
     
  7. Alex.D

    Alex.D New Member

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    Thank's guy's
    I can't wait to fire it up!
    E.T.A should be within 3 weeks
     
  8. BigUglyMan

    BigUglyMan Active Member

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    Making stuff is always rewarding. Great job.
     
  9. Alex.D

    Alex.D New Member

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    The only problem I encountered was the tracking system... it was a B***h to make and then again aren't 100%sure it will work at least track decent.
    any tips on tracking that is easy and bullet proof.
    Regards
     
  10. Klappmesser

    Klappmesser New Member

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    I would recommend putting a crown on your tacking wheel and drive wheel if you haven't done so already. Do a google search for "crowned tracking wheel" and you'll get lots of hits, a crowned wheel is essential in my opinion. When I make tracking wheels I put a 1 to 2 degree crown on them and they track like a dream.

    Regards
     

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