Harold Hall

Workshop Projects

Grinding Head for Tool and Cutter Sharpening, Harold Hall

There is no doubt that most of the vital sharpening tasks required in the metalworking workshop can be carried out satisfactorily using a normal off hand grinder aided by a versatile grinding rest. However, many of the tasks will be somewhat easier if a grinding head fitted with wheels specifically for tool and cutter sharpening is available.


A few, though far from vital, will only be possible with a special shaped wheel being available. Typically, a saucer shaped wheel will be required to grind the End Tooth Gash on an end mill. This seen immediately to the right of the lower cutting edge (in need of being sharpened) Photograph 1.


Another advantage of the wheels specifically for tool grinding is that their grade is more suited for the task but again far from essential.


For the workshop owner who wishes to manage with just a single off hand grinder it may appear to be just a case of changing wheels for the task in hand. This unfortunately is not straight forward as the wheels have much larger holes in them and adaptors will have to be made. Therefore, having spent the time making the adaptors, which are rather special, and having purchased the wheels, then purchasing an economy off hand grinder specifically for the task would appear to make sense, Photograph 2.


For this, I added larger flanges, using adhesive, to the grinders spindles and turned these true with the grinder running whilst fixed to the lathes bed. The advantage of this, together with the accurately made adaptors, is that the wheels can be interchanged and only need truing up the first time they are run. The head in use with a grinding rest is seen in Photograph 3.

Tool and Cutter Sharpening Head
Tool and Cutter Sharpening

See my book

Tool and Cutter Sharpening

No. 38 in the Workshop Practice Series for details for modifying a budget off hand grinder,  including making the adaptors for the wheels. Also, choosing the wheels is covered in the book.







For more examples of the grinding head in use see my pages on sharpening workshop tools.