Starting my 2×72 Grinder Build

Well I’m starting to source materials to build my 2×72 grinder. It’s been kind of fun running around sourcing steel tubing, wheels, etc. I found a couple really good places to get my stuff, and may even be getting a superb deal on the steel tubing (FREEBIE), maybe. One can only hope.

Using the google I’ve found a ton of links on do-it-yourself grinders. Some guys even using skateboard wheels, I’m not going that route, but there are some great ideas out there. I just can’t help but go back to one of the most reliable sources for knifemakers out there on the net these days. That being D. Comeau Custom Knives. Dan has a ton of resources for the new knifemaker, and you just can’t beat that. Here’s an excerpt from his 2×72 grinder build. Thanks for the great article Dan, it’s going to be a great help to me.

I can’t wait to dig in and build this new beast for my shop.

DIY 2″ x 72″ Belt Grinder Project

by: D. Comeau

Like almost every newbie knifemaker owning a decent belt grinder is dream. When I realized the price of a machine, my jaw hit the floor. Most of us getting started cannot afford a $2000 grinder. So I set out to design my own and I shamelessly borrowed as many ideas as I could. One special shout out to Alaskabearhawk for his great design and detailed videos on YouTube.

D. Comeau Grinder

Wish List

My wish list for my new grinder would be:

  • 2 x 72″ belts
  • 1.5 to 3 horsepower
  • Variable speed
  • Removable attachments, platen and contact wheel


Before building I considered some variations:

Read full article here: BG272 – DIY 2 x 72″ Belt Grinder

Thanks again Dan for the resources!

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