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The No Weld Grinder is starting to show up as completed projects. I have started to post pictures of these grinders on the No Weld Grinder Page.
We have many of the parts required for building the grinder here.
No Weld Grinder/Sander Plans are available now. After several hundred hours of R&D and several prototype builds, I have completed the plans and assembly manual for the No Weld Grinder/Sander. This 2”x72” grinder features quick change out tool bars similar to the KMG and quick on/off tool table rest that can be used on with any of the attachments. This is not a KMG clone. I think the KMG is an awesome grinder and worth every penny. I've had one for years and love it. I wanted another grinder for my garage but I couldn't justify the cost of another KMG for how little that one would get used. I decided I would design a grinder that could be built cheaper than any other knife grinder on the market and that did not require precision tapping and threading construction the KMG uses or welding all of the other use. These construction plans require no welding, milling, lathe work and this grinder sander can be constructed using common tools.
These plans have 15 pages of high quality CAD drawings with materials and measurements on each drawing. I believe you could build the entire grinder from these CAD drawings. I have also put together nearly 30 additional pages of construction and assembly notes, pictures, information on motors, abrasives, metal working. There is also a suppliers listing giving you multiple sources for the parts so you can shop for the best price.
The NWGS can change out tool arm attachments in seconds. The tool table rest can be used with any attachment or removed in seconds. In the 28 page assembly manual, I have included 5 pages of information on how to shop for a motor and what to look for. I have also included 3 pages of basic information on abrasives.
In addition, at Midwest Knifemakers Supply, LLC, www.USAknifemaker.com I have created an entire listing area for parts, minor tools, drill bits and other items you may need for constructing your NWGS.
This grinder runs rock solid. The picture above shows a flat platen attachment with the tool table rest and a small 2x2 table in place. You can make your tool table larger or even smaller!
The picture to the left shows an 8” contact wheel with the table rest in place. I use this exact design set up to do hollow grinds with my KMG. This is proven design. Look at ANY of my knives and see what using a tool rest like this can do.
The picture to the right shows a 3” wheel attachment.
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4/1/07 This knife is available. Just off the bench - no foolin. Black Ash Burl Utility. Click the picture for more on this one...
5-15-07 Just finished. This is amboyna burl with bark inclusions I worked into the handle for some character. This is CPM154 mirrored with an 8” hollow grind. The bolster has sculpted finger relief on both sides and the rear of the bolster is concave. This one is going to Sandy Morrissey for a sheath. Click the picture above for a little more detail and the price....
5/30/07 In the June issue of Woodcraft Magazine it seems we have gotten some ink.
Thank you Woodcraft Magazine....We appreciate it!
6-17-07 Just got this image from Coop. I had him shoot this knife at the Blade show. He does amazing work. This knife is available. Click the picture for additional shots and information...
7/12/07 This one was pictured above earlier. I sent it to Ron P. Nott for engraving and it just came back. I think it came out quite nice. This knife is available to purchase. Click the picture for more...
8/20/07 2 pair of sheaths just came in from Sandy Morrissey, the Sulton of Moo. I had Sandy make 2 each for these two knives. One buyers choice of sheath goes with the knife, the other goes into my collection of study sheaths.
9/5/07 Just got in the new November 07 issue of Blade magazine and I was flipping through it and came across this. I had Jim Cooper (www.sharpbycoop.com) take a picture of this one at the blade show. The full picture he took is just above here a little bit. Kind of a nice surprise.... Good job Jim, thanks.
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