Proposal Type:

  • medium


Tormek T-7 Low-RPM Water-Cooled Grinder, with jigs

Submission Date:


Current Status:

Awaiting Approval


Alistair Fraser


Tormek T-7 Grinder with jigs for sharpening hand tools, including wood turning tools, chisels, knives, plane blades, and other woodworking tools.

We've had a lengthy discussion on the Hackspace group thread extolling the virtues of this system, but here are the main benefits in comparison to the current setup: -Safer: Low-speed so does not need to be bolted down, does not produce sparks (dangerous in an environment full of kindling), easier to control. Plus, the better the tools are sharpened - the safer it is to use those tools. -More accurate: system of compatible jigs and mounting allows superior, repeatable results (no more double-bevels on the turning tools!). -More useful: A wider range of tools can be sharpened, and grinds achieved. E.g. the swept-back wings of a spindle gouge with a fingernail grind which cannot be accurately sharpened on a high-speed grinder. With this system could be achieved within 30 seconds.

It can be purchased/run/maintained by the proposer (Alistair Fraser), and reimbursed by the Hackspace.

Proposed Purchase:

I have seen an advert on a Facebook group (Woodturning UK), for the item described above listed for £450 with wood turning and hand tool jig packs. The most similar deal for a new item that I can find online is the lesser T-4 grinder with the same jig packs ( which totals £650 - so I think this may be a good opportunity to secure some great kit.

Proposed Installation:

It can be stored on the shelf underneath the high-speed grinder, and taken out and used on the benchtop opposite when required (it does not require bolting to a surface).


£450 + postage (if approved by seller), otherwise collection from Portsmouth must be arranged.

Funding source/model:

  • fully funded by Hackspace

Resources depended upon:

The hackspace wiki


Committee Sanity Check:

A majority committee vote is needed for all proposals.

  1. Nick G
  2. Ryan H
  3. x


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  1. Alistair F
  2. Alex R
  3. Sam C
  4. Tim D
  5. Oliver H
  6. Charlie W
  7. Nic Marshall
  8. x
  9. x
  10. x

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