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#375289 - 05/06/12 08:27 AM Vises and bench grinders?
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Any strong opinions on either one of these?

Please don't make me spend 4 figures. wink
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#375292 - 05/06/12 09:26 AM Re: Vises and bench grinders? [Re: Ken.C]
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Whaddya gonna do wid 'em, Ken? (That's my contractor dialect.)
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#375297 - 05/06/12 10:19 AM Re: Vises and bench grinders? [Re: Ken.C]
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Initially? Sharpen my lawnmower blade (obviously not at the same time.)

Vise would just be generally useful. The bench grinder might theoretically let me sharpen kitchen knives and all that, but I think the vise is going to be more immediately important.
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#375298 - 05/06/12 10:33 AM Re: Vises and bench grinders? [Re: Ken.C]
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The best vice for my money is made by Record. You want to make sure you get the made in England model. Great quality.

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#375310 - 05/06/12 11:04 AM Re: Vises and bench grinders? [Re: Ken.C]
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You will not sharpen your kitchen knives on a bench grinder. Verboten. Use a Chefs Choice sharpener. Horrors.

I got a perfectly nice vice at Harbor Freight.
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#375312 - 05/06/12 11:12 AM Re: Vises and bench grinders? [Re: Ken.C]
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Ken.C

The bench grinder might theoretically let me sharpen kitchen knives

Ken you might want to hurry up and retract that line, especially with what you have written under your signature line. I mean I wouldn't want any under covered police detectives showing up at your home, trying to solve an unsolved crime.
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#375314 - 05/06/12 11:35 AM Re: Vises and bench grinders? [Re: Gary Vose Sr]
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Ditto the kitchen knives nay-nay, Ken. Tom's our resident kitchen metro, so listen to him.

As for the vice, there are good one$ that come from the continent of mo$t of our forefather$, and then there are perfectly acceptable ones for very small $$. It only needs to do two things well, screw in and out and stay parallel. Ha! That makes it a missionary tool. Ha! Missionary tool!

I would attach it to a bench, lock in those mower blades, and, with a $20 angle grinder from Tom's friends at HF, go for it.

n.b. the second paragraph contains no attempts at humor.


Edited by BobKay (05/06/12 11:36 AM)
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#375317 - 05/06/12 11:44 AM Re: Vises and bench grinders? [Re: Ken.C]
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If you want a vise for woodworking, Record and Jorgenson make good choices. For just general vising(?), any heavy anvil type would be fine.

My bench grinder is a no-name model, just a motor with a shaft on both ends that cost about $25 used. I use it very infrequently but it works just fine for sharpening the lawnmower blades. DO NOT use a bench grinder for kitchen knives or fine chisels. They will get too hot and lose temper.
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#375319 - 05/06/12 12:11 PM Re: Vises and bench grinders? [Re: Joe_in_SC]
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Geez, guys. I kinda wanted to visit Ken's house and use his exquisitely sharp kitchen nubs.
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#375321 - 05/06/12 12:25 PM Re: Vises and bench grinders? [Re: Ken.C]
Ken.C Offline
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Y'alls are no fun.

For the time being, I clamped the blade to my table saw and wrapped some sandpaper around the table saw blade and just waved the lawnmower blade around that went at it with a file and my dremel. Finally, a use for the dremel.

OK, so I don't need an in$ane vi$e, most likely. I'm not doing crazy woodworking stuff just yet, but it would come in handy in a number of cases.

Thanks for the advice yet again, guys.
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