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Offline mikeb

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Re: Grindstone Shed - Machinery Shop No.1
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2014, 10:15:54 »
There were many such stones spread around the yard. Some were of a "soft" stone ideal for sharpening knives, scrapers etc whilst others were of "harder" type used for sharpening cold chisels, and the tools used in the pneumatic guns of the chippers.

Offline Bilgerat

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Re: Grindstone Shed - Machinery Shop No.1
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2014, 07:00:58 »
They were never used when I worked there, I think that the motor which drove them is long dead like the vast bulk of the original Dockard electrics.

However, many, many moons ago, while dinosaurs roamed the Earth and the Royal Navy occupied the Dockyard, I did sharpen a knife on one of those stones. They only turned very slowly and sat in a bath of water.
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Grindstone Shed - Machinery Shop No.1
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2014, 08:53:44 »
I'd never noticed this 'little gem' until yesterday. It`s set into the side of Machinery Shop No.1 alongside HMS 'Cavalier'. Two huge belt-driven grinding stones. I wonder if they ever get used nowadays?



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