|Review by Charles Brock||posted 04-27-2010 02:50 PM||5153 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I am a professional woodworker with 30 years experience, a teacher and publisher of the Build A Maloof Inspired Furniture Series. Each instructional bundle in the series includes a DVD, book, full-size patterns and on-line support. The newest bundle (available soon) in the series is Build A Maloof Inspired Low Back Dining Chair with Charles Brock.
Ben Arthur is one of the woodcarving specialists at Highland Woodworking’s store in Atlanta. I told him I wanted to improve my chair carving speed, but keep the control of my hand tools and much as possible. He said the way to go was the Foredom THX Industrial grinder. He went through the list of features and benefits over other power carving die grinders. I would have more power at 1/3 HP, a longer shaft so the tool would be able to go where I wanted it to go and the motor (all ball bearing, nonreversable) and handpiece (uses 1/8 and 1/4” collets) would keep going and going and going! As of three years ago I had not invested into heavy duty power woodcarving gear with the exception of my trusted, dust spewing Makita grinder with a Kutzall carbide wheel. I had a underpowered no name house brand flex shaft grinder that just never smiled at me. It was time to trade up. I had developed most of my rocker’s lines and knew where my chair was in each part. I wanted to get there more quickly.
Ben’s guidance was outstanding. It is a real INDUSTRIAL powerhouse. Needless to say I customized it a little like any good woodworker will do. I don’t like foot pedal type speed controls. Even though the one that comes with it is HEAVY DUTY, I ordered a bench-top model that is special for this model’s motor. Every cutter and every material has a best cutting speed. My idea is to find it and set it and use it! My idea was to hang it on a stand with wheels so I could move it around the shop and around the chair that is placed on a platform.
The homemade, go-fast, non-titanium, backyard variety, tri-wheeled, movable die grinder stand is a strange bird. My wife demanded I do something with the old, extra large, cast iron, patio, umbrella stand lurching in our backyard. Trash or Treasure? I saw it as a stand for the Foredom. I cut out a circle of 3/4” plywood, attached 3 heavy duty casters, of course I removed the umbrella and turned a cherry stopper for the hole and drilled a hole in the stopper to accept the Foredom Motor hanger. Using a few rare earth magnets I am able to keep my wrench and my most used burrs handy. The bench clamp that came with the hanger pole is used to clamp the speed control at a perfect height.One of my rocker students who is a dentist by day bought an IV stand for his and it works real well. I use mostly 1/4” burrs and shafted tools with the grinder.
It is perfect! Doesn’t bog down or let me down, while it cheerfully roles over chords and such on its way to work. Thanks, Ben Arthur!
My favorite tandem is the Festool RAS 115 (See earlier review) for the heavy shaping and fast stock removal and the Foredom THX for the details.
-- Charles Brock