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Old 11-12-2010, 11:20 PM
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Does anybody still make the old manual grinding wheels? The kind used to sharpen an axe, or put an edge on a blade? Any ideas on where I can buy a stone or resin wheel to build my own?

I'm thinking that knife & tool sharpening might be a useful skill that I may be able to use for bartering.
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Looks like you've already been on e-bay. Have you ever looked into making you own "sandstone" wheel? Thought about tryin it myself.
Portland cement and whatever type of sand, white sand maybe, a dash of acryl 60 and a section of bucket for a mould.
You might check on a antique tool forum and look for one. Highly unlikely they're still being made. In this country anyway.
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These guys seem to sell a pretty wide assortment of wheels.
http://www.georgiagrindingwheel.com/...ng_Wheels.html

Pricy stuff though, once you start getting into the big wheels.
Seems like about the best deal for a larger wheel is a 16" x 2"
general purpose grinder wheel for $155.
http://www.georgiagrindingwheel.com/...se_page_4.html

Even larger wheels, wider wheels, or more specialized wheel compositions
jump up into the $500+ range pretty quick.

And the links above are just the first place I found that had a decent
on-line selection of wheels. Don't know how their prices compare
if you shop around.

Google Search: "Large Grinding Wheel".

... hey, how about stacking a number of those 14" "chop saw" wheels
together on a single axle? They're not terribly heavy though, so you
might need to add a steel plate or two (maybe weight-lifting plates?)
to the stack to bump up the rotational inertia of the "wheel".
The 14" chop saw wheels are cheaper than I thought.
Here's a link for one under $4.
http://www.waresdirect.com/products/...ackURL=froogle
At 3/32" thickness, 10 to a dozen of those would get you into the range
of a 1" +/- thick wheel, and you'd be out the door for about $50 with shipping.

Meh. Just an idea. Not necessarily a good one. Don't know if the chop
saw wheels have a good texturing to the edge for the sharpening
application you want to use them for. I know different blades have
different makeups. I've used Dewalt wheels that seem real rough
and fiborous. Makita wheels on the other hand seem more "grinder wheel"
like, and might work better in this application.

I like Copen's idea of trying to cast your own wheel also. Wouldn't have
thought of that. I figured the old wheels were painstakingly carved
from a block of stone. Probably were. But the casting idea has merit.
Add a few layers of fiberglass window screen into the casting to provide
a little more strenth to the wheel. I sure wouldn't trust it to spin up to
high speeds, but for a manually operated low rpm application, it should
be fine.


Interesting idea for a project. Keep us posted if you decide to pursue it.
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Look in yard sales and flea markets and antique stores. I found one for 1.00 but gave it to a neighbor before I finally realized this stuff would come in handy.
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Think limestone
Bedford Indiana
What size 4" x 30"
The guy that farms my place works at a limestone place.
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You best buy will be had at a farm sale or estate sale.

Keep your eyes peeled on the ads ... they list stuff like this.
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I had a large one up in the 'attic' of a big shed at one of my rental properties. I had it leveled and forgot to grab it.

Yeah, I'm stupid.
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Does anybody still make the old manual grinding wheels? The kind used to sharpen an axe, or put an edge on a blade? Any ideas on where I can buy a stone or resin wheel to build my own?

I'm thinking that knife & tool sharpening might be a useful skill that I may be able to use for bartering.
If you hanen't done so already, Google up "antique hand cranked bench grinders". They won't be the large ones like you pictured but you might find something you like. Or....if you want to start from scratch, build yourself a "horse" and get some pillow blocks or double ended mandrels and make your own. I always thought an old bicycle frame would work for this. You could probably scrounge some different size pulleys to make it work to your liking.
I know it's not what you're asking for but it may suit your purpose.
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