Restore a bench grinder.

Step 1: Find an Old Tool

Search craigslist and estate sales for a cheap grinder that needs restoring.

Step 2: Disassemble

Disassemble the grinder and take good photos of the process to help with reassembly.

Step 3: Pull the Bearing

Use a gear pull to remove the bearings.

Step 4: Remove the Fan

Measure the fan placement before removing.

Step 5: Remove the Paint

Use a paint removing method. I used aircraft remover.

Step 6: Clean

Wire brush the parts clean and wipe with a solvent.

Step 7: Prime

Prime the parts.

Step 8: Paint

Choose some unique colors and paint the parts.

Step 9: Dry

Allow all the paint to dry thoroughly.

Step 10: Reassemble

Reassemble and grease all the required parts.

Step 11: Complete

Grind something.

<p>When I restore, I like to freshen up the badge by rubbing it with a typical pencil eraser- a sort of mild abrasive- and finish with a light spray coat of lacquer, it really brightens it up.</p>
<p>Thanks for the tip. I'll give that a shot. </p>
<p>That's not an old grinder. This is an <strong>OLD</strong> grinder! I pulled the original flat belt sheave off the shaft and replaced it with a modern V belt pulley. But that arbor is at least 150 years old now, if it is a day. Now that's an old grinder. Oh, and I made that whole frame it is on now too. It was probably mounted on a rough hewn beam earlier in its life. Lacking the space for such an installation I had to upgrade things slightly. I used to run that on a big wooden base though. But even that took up too much room in my shop.</p>

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