Hand Tools Archive 2008
>-For those of you who are pondering aftermarket tool rests, (veritas, Oneway) be sure to take the rubber feet off of the grinder, since most of the tool rests don't actually mount to the grinder. You want to make sure the grinder and the tool rest aren't able to move in relationship to one another.
-Not only do grinders throw grit, they spew metal dust. When I first started, it didn't bother me. One day I wore a mask, as a goof, figuring maybe I was inhaling the metal dust. The mask got pretty gray. Wear a mask, if you have one.
-Grinders are big dumb heavy spinny things. (That's what I say to the non-woodworking crowd, or to three year olds)
-Friable wheels are great. Get the coarsest one you can, since the surface quality of the grind doesn't matter, and the faster the metal gets removed, the faster you're done, and the cooler the tool will be.
(not applicable to turners, since many of them use the tool right off the wheel)
-If you're hungover, it's easier to grind your tools, because you have a headache to keep you company while your tools are cooling down, and you're not really so concerned with the passage of time.
-If you're hungover, it's not much fun to grind your tools.
-If you're hungover, it's not really much fun to do anything.