Picture of Grinder2grater (de amoladora a rallador)

Ya he comentado que soy un guardador compulsivo. Es difícil que yo tire a la basura algo que potencialmente pueda servir, aunque sea como pisapapeles. Por tal motivo, cuando hace tres años un "amigo" me devolvió quemada mi querida amoladora de mano, decidí archivarla en el garage a espera de alguna oportunidad. Hace poco me decidí a darle un destino útil, y acá vamos.

I commented that I am a compulsive keeper. It is difficult for me to throw away something that could potentially serve, even as a paperweight. Therefore, when three years ago a "friend" gave me back burned my dear hand grinder, I decided to file it in the garage waiting for a chance. I recently decided to give it a useful destination, and here we go.

Step 1: La necesidad es madre del ingenio (necessity is mother of invention)

Picture of La necesidad es madre del ingenio (necessity is mother of invention)

Lo primero que se necesita es una esposa que cada vez que se dispone a hervir fideos, pregunte "¿hay queso rallado?". En casa no compramos esos quesos que vienen en sobrecitos, porque son caros y suelen tener gusto a cáscara o a humedad. Preferimos comprar un trozo de queso de rallar no muy caro, dejarlo en la heladera hasta que sazone, e ir rallándolo a medida que se necesita. Yo tengo un rallador a manija que heredé de mi madre, es bueno pero solo sirve para rallar queso. Intenté dos o tres veces rallar zanahoria, pero es más el trabajo de limpiarlo que el que se ahorra uno con él. Consecuentemente, me dije "necesito un rallador multifunción, y lo voy a hacer yo mismo".

Destripé totalmente la vieja amoladora, y luego de analizar la factibilidad del proyecto, corté el eje del rotor en la parte donde comienza el bobinado. Me quedé con la parte de adelante o cabezal, y lo demás... no, no lo tiré, lo guardé para otra vez. (!)

The first thing you need is a wife that every time she goes to boil noodles, ask "Is there grated cheese?". At home we don't buy those cheeses that come in packets, because they are expensive and tend to taste shell or moisture. We prefer to buy a piece of cheese for grate, not too expensive, leave it in the refrigerator to season, and grate it as needed. I have a handle grater that I inherited from my mother, it is good but only serves to grate cheese. I tried two or three times to grate carrot, but is more work to clean it than you saves using it. Consequently, I said "I need a multifunction grater, and I'll do it myself".

Completely gutted the old grinder, and after analyzing the feasibility of the project, cut the rotor shaft in the part where the winding starts. I kept the front or head, and the rest ... no, I don't threw it, I kept it for another time (!)

Porque mi Espanol es malo, voy a traducir de Ingles, tambien. No quiero a "robar su trueno", pero tengo un idea (o dos) para ti. Por el disco de metal: un tapa de olla de un cacerola usada, posible? Aqui en USA, tenemos una tienda llamada "Harbor Freight" donde puede encontrar herramientas muy baratos.. por ejemplo, la amoladora, when it's on sale, cuesta approximado US$10, pero es basura hecho en Chine, por seguro!. Otro idea es usar un taladro para el motor. Y el ultimo idea es un regulador/variador de velocidad para controlar la velocidad del motor electrico. Bien hecho, y gracias por sus gran instructables!

De Google translator:
Porque mi español es malo, voy a traducir del Inglés, también. Yo no quiero a "robar su trueno", pero tengo una idea (o dos) para usted. Para el disco de metal, una tapa de olla de cocina usado, tal vez? Aquí en los EE.UU., tenemos una tienda llamada "Harbor Freight" donde se puede comprar herramientas muy barato .. Por ejemplo, la amoladora, cuando está en venta, cuesta aproximadamente $ 10, pero es basura hecha en China, por supuesto!. Otra idea es utilizar un motor de taladro. Y la última idea es un regulador de velocidad para variar la velocidad del motor eléctrico. Bien hecho y gracias por tu gran instructables!

Because my Spanish is bad, I will translate from English, too. I do not want to "steal your thunder" but I have an idea (or two) for you. For the metal disk, a used cooking pot lid, maybe? Here in the U.S., we have a store called Harbor Freight where you can buy very cheap tools .. For example, the grinder, when it's on sale, costs approximately $ 10, but is junk - made ​​in China, of course!. Another idea is to use a drill motor. And the last idea is a speed regulator to vary the speed of the electric motor. Well done and thanks for your great instructables
rimar2000 (author)  solaralternatives3 years ago
Thanks, solaralternatives.

This grater has no motor, it is "by muscle".

I am a moderate ecologist as you, too. I have done some solar cookers, but I never get the minimum response from others.
limonchi3 years ago
Hi Osvaldo
I have seen here (Spain) Moulinex electric grater, which it does is turn a cone (several types), the grating, the product is within the cone, which is habierto the distal end, dropping the scratches,
It would be like you've mounted the disk, but instead of grating by the circular, the song does, only that is longer and that is where you have holes, slots, ...
you can see in the picture attached
I hope you help
congratulations on your work, you are an inspiration
rallador moulinex.jpg
rimar2000 (author)  limonchi3 years ago
Hello Limonchi, thanks for your kind words.

I have an old grater with handle, which has a cylinder where the Moulinex has the cone. It's great for grating cheese, but for carrots is a mess, and besides the very tiny grating.

The disc is a little better than the cylinder, it was discovered when they began to use the primitive gramophones. I can make quickly new disks with different characteristics. Even the after cleaning is easier and faster with a disc than a cylinder or cone.
limonchi3 years ago
Hola Osvaldo
he visto por aqui (españa) un rallador electrico moulinex, que lo que hace es girar un cono (tiene varios tipos), al rallar, el producto queda dentro del cono, que esta habierto por el extremo distal, dejando caer las ralladuras,
Sería como el disco que has montado, pero en lugar de rallar por la parte circular, lo hace por el canto, solo que es mas largo y es alli donde tiene los agujeros, ranuras,...
lo puedes ver en la imagen adjunta
espero que te ayude
enhorabuena por tu trabajo, eres una inspiracion
rimar2000 (author)  limonchi3 years ago
Hola limonchi, gracias por tus elogiosas palabras.

Yo tengo un viejo rallador a manija, que tiene un cilindro en el lugar donde el Moulinex tiene el cono. Es muy bueno para rallar queso, pero con la zanahoria se hace un enchastre, y además la ralla muy finita.

El disco es un poco mejor que el cilindro, eso se descubrió cuando se empezaron a usar los primitivos gramófonos. Yo puedo hacer rápidamente nuevos discos con diferentes características. Incluso para la limpieza posterior, es más rápida y sencilla con un disco que con un cilindro o cono.
i would like to see this done with a angle grinder
rimar2000 (author)  retrotimelord3 years ago
It is done with an angle grinder!

Or maybe is better to say "it is done with an angle grinder's corpse"

Please read my response at mikeasaurus's comment.
raiderdk3 years ago
Rimar te admiro :D. Todos tus instructables son geniales, imaginativos y muy utiles.

¿Puedo sugerirte algo?
He pensado en como evitar que se quede el queso/zanahoria en el espacio entre discos.
Quizás si eliminas la cuarta parte del disco de plastico ( la mas cercana a la abertura lateral ) preparando una tobera/rampa puedes hacer que caiga por ahí y se deslice hasta el plato, o incluso adaptarlo para enroscar un frasco y que quede automaticamente envasado.

Otra opcion es poner una sola aspa que gire solidaria al disco rayador y cubra el espacio entre los dos discos y asi mueva y empuje lo que ya has rayado.

Incluso las dos opciones al tiempo, pueden dar buen resultado.

Seguiré tus instructables son intenrés.

un saludo.

I'll try to translate for everyone else :).

To avoid keep cheese or carrot between discs, cutting a quarter part of plastic disco the one near to lateral hollow maybe can solve the problem, also a slide ramp to a dish or even a jar can be builded to extract it quickly .

Another option is make a spining blade to push cheese/carrot to the hollow.

Both of them also are compatible.

rimar2000 (author)  raiderdk3 years ago
Gracias por tu elogio, no creo merecerlo.
Tus sugerencias son interesantes, veré si puedo hacerme un tiempito la semana entrante para probarlas. Voy a estar muy ocupado porque vienen albañiles a rehacer un galponcito que tengo en el fondo, cosa de poder instalar mi modesto taller ahí.

Thank you for your compliment, I think don't deserve it.
Your suggestions are interesting, I'll see if I can do a little time next week for testing. I'll be very busy because builders come to redo a small shed I have in the background, so I can install my humble workshop there.
mikeasaurus3 years ago
I like this.
I've been working on my own homemade cheese grater, too. I may have to borrow a few of your great ideas here.
rimar2000 (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago

That day I discovered the ICCTPAT (impalpable cheese cloud that permeates all things).

A few minutes after, I dismantled the device. Days ago I found its rests into my stuff, and put them to fire. That story would have been interesting to "my Featured Author"
wilgubeast3 years ago
What a great repurposing of a broken tool.

I was secretly hoping that you had just modified the grinding wheel to grate cheese very, very quickly. But this is probably safer. :-D
rimar2000 (author)  wilgubeast3 years ago

That day I discovered the ICCTPAT (impalpable cheese cloud that permeates all things).

A few minutes after, I dismantled the device. Days ago I found its rests into my stuff, and put them to fire. That story would have been interesting to "my Featured Author"
zazenergy3 years ago
This is incredibly creative. I really like it!
rimar2000 (author)  zazenergy3 years ago
Thanks, zazenergy!
l8nite3 years ago
nicely done !
rimar2000 (author)  l8nite3 years ago
Thanks, I8nite!

¿Too many English errors?
It's readable and understandable, there are always errors in syntax (word placement in a sentence) when using a translation program and sometimes the incorrect word is used but it can all be figured out
rimar2000 (author)  l8nite3 years ago
Well, then it it enough for me. Thanks for reading!
sunshiine3 years ago
You amaze me! This is genius! Thanks for sharing.

rimar2000 (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks, Sylvia, no big deal...
Please embrace your talent! It stands out! Really! Have a super weekend!
ChrysN3 years ago
Brilliant! I find using a handle grater to be really tedious, this is a great solution.
rimar2000 (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks, CrysN.

A few hours ago I grated carrot, and as I expected, it was almost all within the cavity under the disc. But I had no problem in passing it from there into the salad bowl. Also, remove the disk and rinse everything is very simple. Very easier than the purchased grater.
Phil B3 years ago
Very well done, Osvaldo. If you showed me the cheese you grated I would never have guessed it was done on a grater someone made. Very clever. It is sad that your friend ruined your grinder, and apparently did not pay you for it or bring you a new one. I once knew a man who carried a small magnet in his pocket. He worked in the railroad switching yard at a steel mill. When he saw a piece of steel on the ground, he touched it with his magnet. If the magnet did not stick, he knew it was stainless steel. He liked to get stainless steel. With it he cut and filed crosses about 85mm high. They could be polished to a nice finish. He gave me one that he made and I use it many Sundays in our church.
rimar2000 (author)  Phil B3 years ago
Thanks, Phil!

Are you sure that all stainless steel alloys are diamagnetic?

Some weeks ago I found a large sheet of stainless steel during my bicycle rides, but I could not carry it to my house because it was too big and I had no way to cut a slice. It was a little wrinkled, but that is easily solved.

That "friend" that burned my grinder, killed the goose that lays the golden eggs, I never lent him a tool another time.
embochner3 years ago
de donde secaste un eje de rotor?
rimar2000 (author)  embochner3 years ago
Hola embochner, lo cuento en la intro. La amoladora andaba fenómeno, la presté y ¡la usaron para emparejar todo un piso de madera! Dijo basta, la pobre. Detesto a la gente que no cuida lo ajeno.

Hello embochner, the story is in the intro. The grinder was walking phenomenon, I lent it and they used it to match all the hardwood flooring! It said no more. I hate people who do not care what belongs others.