BL: Making Tools and Knives On a Belt Grinder

@Nova Labs
1916 Issac Newton Sq West

19 Nov 00:00 - 01:00


This class teaches the basics of grinding and sanding metal using a variable speed belt grinder.  This will certify you to use this RED tool independently.  

Our 72 inch grinder has a 2 inch belt and is specifically designed for precision grinding tools and knives.  It gives you a lot of freehand grinding surfaces that get into corners and curves of your piece.  If you know a few simple techniques, it is safe, efficient, and a joy to use.  It can also be one of the most dangerous tools in the shop, so you need this class before you can touch it.  

If you have a piece of steel you have been beating on or you would like to grind into a certain shape, bring it.  

Prerequisite: Green Safety Training

Required safety items: Safety glasses, leather shoes, and non-synthetic clothes.  A good respirator or mask is strongly recommended.  

This can make sparks that can burn little holes through your clothes.  Do not plan a hot date after this unless your chosen one likes holy clothes.  We will provide a leather apron if you want, but sparks happen.

Note that we have safety glasses to borrow. Also, may be a good idea to mark your personal gloves and glasses since they are frequently forgotten at the lab.