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How to Make a Flip-Over Bench Grinder

DIY experts offer an idea for saving space on a workbench: flipping the bench grinder when it's not in use.

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making a flip over bench grinder
  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Measure the Grinder, and Mark the Bench

Measure the dimensions of the bench grinder to determine the size of the hole that will need to be cut into the top of the bench. Mark the dimensions on the bench.

Step 2: Cut a Hole

Cut out the hole. Start by drilling a small hole into each corner of the rectangle. Then, use a jigsaw to cut out the space between the holes. (To save the board being cut from the workbench, opt for a circular saw.) Consider using a jigsaw to cut the hole. The board cut out becomes a waste piece and a new board will be cut to achieve a tight fit into the hole.

cut out the hole

Step 3: Mount the Bench Grinder

Mount the bench grinder to either the piece that was removed from the bench or a new board cut to fit the hole. Then, cut finger holes into the board around the bench grinder.

cut finger holes into board around bench grinder

Step 4: Add Support Cleats

Add two support cleats to the underside of the workbench. This will keep the mounting board from falling through. Each of the cleats should overlap the hole about 1".

add support cleats to underside of workbench