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    I've not done any metal work since I was 15 (over 15 years ago) and I've been getting intrigued buy the talk of grinders and forges that has been on here of late. I've spent the last couple of days researching this stuff saying to myself "I can't afford to do this so I shouldn't be looking" and in the last couple of hours I find I can probably make a grinder for under a 100 and a forge to do the hardening for about the same money.

    Damn it all I've not got enough hours in the day to do the stuff I should be doing let alone to play with making razors

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    Quote Originally Posted by barneycg View Post
    Damn it all I've not got enough hours in the day to do the stuff I should be doing let alone to play with making razors
    Hear, hear.. I know THAT all too well

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    Try this link.....

    Sunray, Inc. Polyurethane Products

    I have made a bunch of wheels myself but in all cases the difficulty is making them true. I even found some 8" wheels, poly covered (I think) for $5. Next my focus is going to be on making some from MDF wood (lighter wood). The prior ones I used Corian kitchen countertop material and laminated the layers together. Those are at a machine shop for truing right now. The truing will cost me apprx $20 for each wheel. There re many ways to skin a cat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by randydance062449 View Post
    Try this link.....

    Sunray, Inc. Polyurethane Products

    I have made a bunch of wheels myself but in all cases the difficulty is making them true. I even found some 8" wheels, poly covered (I think) for $5. Next my focus is going to be on making some from MDF wood (lighter wood). The prior ones I used Corian kitchen countertop material and laminated the layers together. Those are at a machine shop for truing right now. The truing will cost me apprx $20 for each wheel. There re many ways to skin a cat!

    Thanks for the info and the link, Randy. My plans from Tracy Mickley should be arriving tomorrow.

    You and Josh talk about the necessity of truing the idler wheels. The link you show with the poly coated wheels talk about the poly being permanently bonded to the wheel. How can such a wheel be trued? I didn't look at the Sunray website completely but they must list tolerances on there somewhere. My assumption is that the Sunray idler wheels are as true at they're going to get and for our purposes in the 2" width and the various sizes should be adequate for our needs?

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    The wheels used for the tension/tracking arm and the wheels used for the flat platten are not as critical as a grinding wheel. They may be just fine but one guy who has used them said that one of his wheels needed to be trued up. I will let you know what the machine shop said about truing my 8" poly/rubber wheels from Axman Surplus.
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    Randy, that's the link I was trying to find. Those wheels should work very well.

    My drive and idler wheels are from Tracy, and they were excellent. I used contact/grinding wheels that were way out of true for a month or two, then I had them trued. It makes a HUGE difference.

    The guys at the shop chucked the wheel in a lathe and just pared down the poly until it was nice and round. None of my wheels are perfect, but they work very well.

    Josh

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