Alright so today on Repairs101 Iíve got this beat up old hatchet that I picked up at a lawn sale years ago for a dollar Ė and in restoring it Iím going to show you some of the things you need to know about your bench grinder.
Bench grinder with tool rest and guards

So this hatchet had a broken toe and it had been used as a hammer for something hard enough to mushroom over the buttís edges. The head was loose so I pounded in a large steel wedge. The handle was quite nice and, being Canadian, I actually like the hockey tape grip.

Youíre going to want to have long sleeve protective clothing on and the best protective eyewear that you can get your hands on. Grinding creates a lot of dust that you definitely donít want to be breathing.

Itís important to consider the grinderís speed rating, wheel diameter and arbor size if youíre going to be changing wheels. Once youíve got your wheels figured out be sure your grinder is mounted firmly to its base - or it may just walk away on you.

If your wheel is badly rounded or impregnated with foreign material, you can make your own wheel dresser with a stack of loose fitting steel washers on a bolt. Be sure the spark shields and guards are all in place and adjusted correctly.  Adjust the tool rest so that itís an eighth of an inch or three millimetres from the stone. Do not work without a tool-rest.




Instead of cutting back the bit I decided to reshape the blade by cutting back the broken toe to resemble a tomahawk.

Keep in mind that your grinder creates an awful mess of dust, grit and burned sparks so set it up where the mess wonít matter at all.

Home made wheel dresser on grinder   Grinding axe (hatchet) head  into Tomahawk style head with sparks flying

Keep your work from overheating and ruining the temper of the steel by applying light pressure only and dipping your work in water frequently.

If the stains bother you, you can use your wire brush followed by NEVR-DULL in figure eight strokes. They donít really bother me.

Or you can take the covers off to get at the shaft and put a wire wheel on your bench grinder for more power.

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