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Manufactured/Badged by:
Clausing Lathe Co.
Ottumwa, IA

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Grinder, Bench
Machine Size:
Submitted By: Bob Holcombe
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Utility Grinder/Hone
Date of Manufacturer: before 1950
Serial Number:
Last Updated 9/28/2010 2:49:36 PM

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An Ebay purchase. Similar to the later Atlas 2400 Utility Grinder/Hone. Original combination oil stone was missing when purchased and at the suggestion of another owwm member was replaced with fine silicon carbide paper on an MDF disc cut to imitate the stone. Side wheel also replaced with MDF and loaded with honing compound. This grinder is used to hone carving chisels and knives.

While trying to find information about the Clausing version of this grinder/hone, I found this interesting bit from Don Clausing's history at Lathes.co.uk.

http://www.lathes.co.uk/clausing/page11.html

"In 1938 they started making a grinder that Otto had designed. The grinder, which had a grinding wheel and on top a horizontal honing stone that rotated, was particularly good for sharpening carving chisels."

After Atlas bought the company, development of the grinder continued:

"Otto also had a small workshop in the "garage" behind his house. The primary product was the grinder that had first gone into production in 1938. Otto's had moved to Willard Street in 1943, and shortly after that he had set up some machine tools in the building behind the house. Ralph Williams came from the main factory to be the foreman. I worked there during the summers of 1945 and 1946 with both Bonnie and Dale - who were older, and much more productive than I was ...
Otto continued this business with the grinders being sold through the Clausing Manufacturing Company, and I believe that this arrangement continued under Atlas."

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