Bench Grinder

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The bench grinder has abrasive wheels that can be used to grind ferrous (iron containing) metals.

Requirements for Use
Required Badges: 

Bench Grinder

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Facilitator Checkout
Estimated Minutes for Checkout: 
5 Minutes

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Community Facilitators are volunteers who to advise MakeHaven members on projects and show members how to use the tools.

Facilitator hours will be BY APPOINTMENT during their listed hours. To make an appointment, contact the facilitator directly via Slack. To prevent unnecessary space access during the pandemic, facilitators will not be in the space unless they have an appointment. Note that some facilitators are available only for online virtual appointments at this time. Any questions please email

Community Facilitators are volunteers who to advise MakeHaven members on projects and show members how to use the tools.

Start Time When Member Photo Name / Activity Area
7:30PM Monday May 27, 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Mara Heneks

Metal Shop

6:00PM Wednesday May 29, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Jared Crouch

Metal Shop & Woodworking

10:00AM Thursday May 30, 10:00am to 1:00pm

John Hatch

Metal Shop

10:00AM Sunday Jun 2, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Nathan Rawling

Electronics, 3D Printing, Metal Shop

Special Requirements: 

Eye Protection

Eye protection at or surpassing the ANSI Z87.1-2015 standard for specific tools, as well as at all times when in wood or machine shop.

Secure Loose Items

Including sleeves, headphones, hoodie strings,  long hair.

Closed-Toe Shoes

Closed toed shoes are required.

Instructions for Use: 
  • The purpose of the bench grinder is to grind metal. It can be used to remove burrs, round corners, or reshape pieces
  • The buffing wheel on the bench grinder is for buffing objects
  • Ensure that sleeves are well rolled, any hair/jewelry is secured, and eye protection is on
  • If you cannot firmly hold the object while keeping fingers clear of the wheel, use vise-grips to hold the object
  • Vacuum any sawdsut around the area prior to use, and the wheel can produce sparks
  • Do not force the object into the wheel, and reduce pressure if the wheel starts to slow
  • The workpiece may be held level on the toolrest, or at a downwards angle if applied above the tool rest
  • Angling the workpiece up can result in jamming back into the operator
  • Angling down on the toolrest can result in pinching in between the tool rest and the wheel
  • Maintain awareness of the presence of the other spinning wire wheel, so that you don't accidentally touch it
  • To prep the buffing wheel, gently push the abrasive compound stick into the wheel while it's spinning, then buff your workpiece. Different grits of abrasive can be purchased for achieving different finishes on different materials
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Item Hazard Band: 
Hazard Class 2 - Lacerations, and burn, Injuries requiring professional medical assistance

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