Build a Food Grinder Stand

Learn how to build a food grinder stand for your hand-cranked food grinder using these step-by-step instructions.

| January/February 1978

This MOTHER's mini-project shows you how to build a food grinder stand to stabilize your food grinder on the table.

How to Build a Food Grinder Stand

Although it's dang near impossible to run a real do-it-yourself kitchen without frequent recourse to a food grinder . . . the actual use of one of the implements, more times than not, is a royal pain. For at least two reasons:

First, these hand-cranked appliances almost always have to be clamped to something before you can use them. And the only "something" that most of us can clamp a grinder to without worrying about the resulting scars is generally a bench out in the shop or on the back porch somewhere. Which is awkward. And, sometimes, dirty.

Second, every dad-ratted food grinder in the world — it seems — has been cleverly designed so that its delivery spout just isn't quite high enough off the table for your favorite bowl to slide under. Right? Right. And besides that, have you ever tried to process something juicy — such as apples —
through one of these little machines? And had all that juice seep out the bock of the grinder? Of course you have. Irritating, ain't it?

Well, MOTHER researcher Clarence Goosen has the answer to both those problems . . . in the form of a great little mid-winter shop project that you can whip together from odds and ends in almost less time than it takes to talk about it.

The handy-dandy Food Grinder Stand you see here has a base made from a 13-1/2 inch by 13-1/2 inch piece of 3/4 inch plywood. Two pieces of yellow pine (each measuring 7-1/2 inch by 9 inch) were used in its sides, and its top started life as a 1 inch by 3 inch by 13-1/2 inch stair tread. Two corner brackets, twelve 1-1/2 inch wood screws, twelve 1/2 inch wood screws (used to attach the corner brackets), and a small amount of glue (in each joint) were also used in the project.

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