A bench grinder stand allows you to easily move the grinder to your work location, rather than taking the work to the grinder. A typical bench grinder has built-in mounting brackets to allow you to securely bolt it in place, but doing this on your all-purpose work bench sacrifices a large portion of usable area. However, if you don't bolt down the grinder, it may slip when you apply pressure to it. Build your own secure stand for your bench grinder.
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Things you need
- Castor wheels
- 6 mounting bolts with matching nuts and washers
- Plywood (or MDF), 3/4-inch thick
- Framing screws
Measure the height at which you wish to work on your grinder. Stand or sit with your back straight with your shoulders directly above your hips. Let your arms hang at your side with your elbows bent at a 90-degree angle. The height of your hands is the correct work height for your bench grinder. Subtract the distance from the bottom of the bench grinder to the tool rest. The remainder is the height for the bench grinder stand. Subtract the height of your wheels from the height of the bench grinder to determine the height of the plywood box you will build.
Measure the width of the base of the bench grinder. Add approximately 1 inch to each side to get the dimensions of your stand base. For example, if the bench grinder stand is 5-inches square, add 1 inch to each side to make a 6-by-6 square. Cut two squares of plywood for the top and bottom of the stand.
Cut two sides for the stand to the height you determined, plus the length of one of the sides of the top. For example, if the top is 6-by-6 inches, and the height you want your stand is 36 inches, cut two pieces of plywood, each 6-by-36 inches.
Cut the front and back pieces the same height, but subtract the width of the plywood from your width measurement of the top. For example, for 3/4-inch plywood, subtract 1 1/2 from 6 to get a width of 4 1/2 inches for the front and back pieces.
Set the grinder on the top piece and mark the spots for the mounting bolts. Remove the grinder and drill holes in the plywood for the mounting bolts.
Assemble the pieces by placing the top piece on one of the side pieces. Line up the front and back edges and drive screws through the top of the top piece into the side pieces. Line up the front piece with the front edge of the top piece. Screw it in place.
Line up the back piece and screw it in place. Attach the final side piece. Drive all the screws through the top piece into the side, front and back pieces.
Flip over the stand and line up the bottom piece. Screw through the bottom into the sides to attach the bottom. Hold the pieces flush before you begin screwing.
Drill holes in the bottom for the other two mounting bolts and for the wheel casters. Bolt on the wheels in the back and then install the mounting bolts in the front so they stick out from the bottom the same distance as the wheels. Having wheels allows you to lift the front of the stand and wheel the it around your workspace.
Bolt the grinder to the top of the stand. Tighten the bolts so the grinder doesn't vibrate, but don't over-tighten.
Tips and warnings
- Level the stand by adjusting the height of the bolts on the bottom.
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