Make a Wall Mount for Your Bench Grinder!




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This wall mount is really simple and can be adapted for any kind of tool. Just change the size to mount anything to a wall, weather it is a bench grinder, a bandsaw or a lathe!

Tools you need:

Materials you need:

Step 1: Measure Your Tool

Measure the base of your tool. I made the wall mount just as big as the base of the tool. That way there are no potruding corners where you could get caught when you walk by.
Make sure you account for the extra depth of the tool higher up

Step 2: Cut the Top and Backside.

I used 3/4" or 20mm plywood. The thickness does not matter at all. Here I only cut the top and the back side of the wall mount. I wanted them to form a triangle with equal side lengths. Since one piece gets butted up to the other one, I had to account for the thickness by tracing one piece on top of the other. A handy trick for other projects too, since this kind of joint comes up all the time.

You should use a table saw to cut the strip to width and a mitre saw, or a table saw sled to cut it to length.

Step 3: Clamp and Pre Drill Screw Holes.

I used these cheap corner clamps to position everything. That is really easy. The clamps are only on the sides wich allows you to acess the edge to drill holes for screws. I used 4.5mm screws and pre drilled them to 3mm. It is best to mount the whole assembly into a vise using soft jaws. Working on workpieces that are not fixed in place is never a good idea.

Step 4: Glue and Screw!

You can open up one side of the clamp to remove the top board. This allows you to add glue in between. Then you can clamp the other board right back into place. The allignment should be perfect. Add some pressure with the screws and you have a perfect joint. A countersink bit is needed to make the screws flush.

Step 5: Cut the Side Supports.

You can clamp the 90° angle of a piece of plywood into the corner of the angle that we just build. Then you can trace a line that makes it into a triangle and cut it out with a jigsaw, handsaw, or a bandsaw.

Step 6: Add the Side Supports.

The side supports should be glued and screwed into place. I used a scrap piece of plywood clamped to the angle we build before to provide a flat surface to clamp the support to. Otherwise it would be very difficult to hold it in place. The glue does not do a whole lot here since it is end grain. 2 screws are enough to secure everything.

Step 7: Take a Step Back and Admire Your Work.

Well done! It should look like a tool post now! Give yourself a pat on the back, or ask a friend to do it for you! Whooop Whoop!

Step 8: Drill Mounting Holes for Your Tool Base.

Of course you should actually mount your tool to the wall holder you are making. I traced the hole pattern with a cut off pencil. When drilling very deep holes, it is best to pre-drill with a smaller diameter and to work yourself higher up. I also addded a chamfer at the top to make it easyer to insert the screws. This turned out to be unnecessary, since I could not add any bolts from that side anyway.

I also cut a little relief angle to allow the bolt heads to sit on a flat surface. This can be done with any kind of saw. You are only removing a little bit of material, so it is easy.

Step 9: Paint!

Add some primer, then give it a light sanding with 120 grit. Then add any paint of your choice. It doesn´t matter, it is just a tool post. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Step 10: Mount It Where You Like To.

Before you drill. Check out what hight is compfortable for you!

I placed this outside since there was a lot of unused space. I also don´t use this bench grinder that often that I need it inside my shop. You should fix it to brick or concrete walls with plastic dowels. Always drill in the joints, not the bricks!

Step 11: Add Your Tool and Admire Your Work!

Well done. You successfully organized your workshop. Well, at least a little bit. It is a start!



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    10 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Loved all the knowledge tid-bits in the video. I'm a big Adam Savage fan, but had never heard of "first-order retrievablity".

    1 reply
    Max MakerMakersBox

    Reply 2 years ago

    You are welcome. There are one or two videos on youtube where he talks about it.


    2 years ago

    Como se diz aqui no Brasil: Da hora!, very cool. I like too much and I wi


    2 years ago

    The build looks good, but is the grinder weather-proof? Seems like an odd place to place a workshop electrical tool.

    1 reply
    Max Makerpsargaco

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks. There is a roof over it. It cannot get wet.


    2 years ago

    Why do you advise to mount the machine in the joints of the wall instead of the brick? Fixing it with holes in the brick is much stronger and more reliable.

    2 replies
    Max MakerMeatlove

    Reply 2 years ago

    Dowels are stronger in bricks, but for this application the stength is not critical. Brick walls can last hundereds of years and holes in the joints can be fixed up much easier than in the bricks.

    wdsims63Max Maker

    Reply 2 years ago

    "but for this application the strength is not critical."

    Right, so don't say "alway mount in the joint" in your article then. Better advice would be "mount in the joint for this project since you probably won't get hurt too bad if the mount fails".

    Concrete and masonry anchors are designed to be mounted in the solid wall surface (i.e. the brick or block) not in the mortar joint.