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Re: Grinding Wheel

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool246-32.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 7/18/4 19:45

In Response To: Re: Grinding Wheel (Greg Scholl)

Around these parts every small town kid remembers playing on grand dad's old grinding wheel. The wheels are almost indestructible, however the frames have rasted away, leaving the wheels to become garden what-nots and tool shed toe stubbers.

Most all the wheels the size you ask about were set in a steel frame made of 3/4" angle iron, with a metal seat like a bike would have. This would allow the operater to peddel the foot levers that connected to a crank like axel to keep the wheel moving. Way up above the wheel was a small tin can with a little drip hole in it, this dripped right ont the wheel to keep water on the wheel so that the metal did'nt glaze into the stone edge.

this old simplistic arangement could be reconstructed easily from a picture that you may find in the local library. Start looking for the old reprint of a Sears and Roebuck catalog. Fascinating reading for any one, especially the prices, but never mind all that, go over to the copier and see if they can blow it up for you. Then take a compass or a deviders, and using your wheel for a unit of measure, say outside of the wheel to the center is 1 inches, start walking the points of the deviders around on the print till you can fairly well see what things measured. Write the legnths to eack piece of the frame on to the print and take this to a welding shop. Ask if the can cut the parts out for you, a hole in each end will be needed to bolt it all together, weld on a bicycle seat, a couple short pedal cranks that tighten onto the shaft, and then put a piece of #9 wire between each crank and foot pedal, and you are one soup can away from have a foot powered grinding wheel. I can find you a picture of one of these devices if you don't have any luck, have fun James.

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