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Thread: Little things that are essential in the shop

  1. #11
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    Nobody else has a stash of Little Debbie's goodies in their shop? Nothing better when you take a break, then a cup of coffer and a Little Debbie Swiss Roll or Honey bun!

    I guess I left out a few things.....my finish shop has CCTV in it so people don't sneak up on me while I'm at the grinder, along with TWO driveway alarms just to let me know somebody is coming....it only took one time of a friend flinging the door open, and me running my knuckles into a 50 grit belt to solve that one! I also have a TV....but that's mainly for "March Madness" (born a Hoosier, so basketball is part of my DNA)

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  2. #12
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    Not me, I have a bag of butterfinger cups in the shop fridge though.
    Walt 😆

  3. #13
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    Still fairly new. But a pencil a good white eraser some paper are a couple of things that I cannot live without. Oh and the occasional adult beverage when what looks like a surface scratch just won't go away.

    Ty Adams

  4. #14
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    Little Debbies Nutty Bars, my personal favorite. a metal drill size gauge, usually about 5x7 from 1/32" to 1/2" by 64ths. sharpies in several colors, levels from 3" to 36", magnet on a stick to rescue the screw that just dropped behind the bench, 18" and 36" T-square, hand towels or wash clothes for cleaning and dusting, bottle of rubbing alcohol for cleaning, sanding sponges(great for contoured surfaces and you can wash them and use again), $10 digital multimeter.
    Scott, just a tired old sailor
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  5. #15
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    Scott made me think of something....when he mentioned "hand towels". If you happen to use damascus, and are etching, Scott "shop towels" paper towels! They are the ONLY "paper towels" I've ever found that don't leave residue on damascus that messes up the etch. For whatever reason, there is something in standard white paper towels that leaves a film on steel (rainbow streaks), and if you try to etch, it leave lines where those rainbow streaks appeared.

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  6. #16
    Hey guys, What Surface Grinders do you guys recommend, I am considering a Grizzly don't know if I should get their base one which has a 6X12 work surface with a 3/4 horse motor or get the next one up which has a 2hp motor and a 6x18 work surface. I am leaning towards the next one up because it comes with a magnetic base it is $4095 the base model is $1995 but would require a $800 magnetic base. I like the added horse power but wondering what you guys are using.

    Thank You!

  7. #17
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    My surface grinder is a 6x12, and there are many times I wish I had a 6x18. What I can tell you is... from research and experience, I've learned that ALL the 6x12 import surface grinders sold in the U.S. are made on the same factory floor (actually a ship/barge).... and are shipped to the U.S. in containers of 36 machines..... they are off loaded at the port, then based on each companies order, a given number are uncrated, painted, and the company stickers applied....then recrated and sent to the companies. It you look at pics of various brand 6x12 surface grinders.... there's a striking similarity. What I find funny is that something like a Harbor Freight model sells for about $1k..... while the Grizzly sells for $2k.....and the ONLY difference is the color of paint, and the stickers on the machines.

    Pay VERY close attention to the mag chuck they include with any surface grinder..... generally they provide a "standard" pole mag chuck..... that means the magnets are spaced at 1/4" intervals. This works for larger heavy pieces of steel, but if you intend to surface grinder things such as smaller blades or folder parts, a standard pole chuck just doesn't work. Years ago I had to replace the finish shop door because the standard pole chuck I was using didn't "hold" ...and the part I was working on launched THROUGH the shop door (lucky it wasn't me).

    A fine pole chuck has magnet spacing of 1/8" or less. They are usually far more expensive then standard pole chucks, but you have to ask yourself if it's worth not having steel parts wrecked, and/or flying around the shop.

    From what I can see on Grizzly's site, they only offer standard pole chucks..... for knifemaking, I think a standard pole chuck is simply a waste of money.

    Personally, I took my time and kept an eye on ebay..... I picked up a Suburban brand fine pole chuck (6x12) for $250. What I found it that the best surface grinder in the world isn't worth a hoot unless you have a "good", fine pole chuck..... at least for what I most do with one.
    Last edited by EdCaffreyMS; 12-22-2016 at 09:22 AM.

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  8. #18
    Ed, Thank You, very valuable information! I was a little put off the smaller unit not having the magnetic base but if it comes with one that is sub par then it really doesn't help much How many horse is your surface grinder?

  9. #19
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    Mine is a Harbor Freight, 6x12, 3/4hp. The only difference between it and the Grizzly is the paint color and stickers... but it was $1k less money.


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  10. #20
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    Don't forget locktite super glue, zap gap filler super glue, 1,2,3 blocks, carbide file guide, bandaids, craft sticks, plastic Jell-O shot cups, windex, ren wax, carnuba wax, blue tape and shoe boxes for your sand paper pieces.

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