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Dward67

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02-27-2017 10:58 AM

I asked for an orbital sander but ended up with an angle grinder and I’m not sure what to do with it. I don’t have the heart to try and return it. Anyone here use one to make something? Would love to hear and see some projects.

-- Is it plugged in?


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Bumpy

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#1 posted 02-27-2017 11:55 AM

Just hang on to it, you will find many uses for it over time. Aside from grinding, there are lots of options for blades and brushes to make it a very useful item. Just another tool in the cabinet you will love when you need it.

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#2 posted 02-27-2017 12:27 PM

Do you ever weld? You will need two or three then.

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#3 posted 02-27-2017 12:30 PM

Like many other tools, you probably won’t use it every day, but when you do need it, nothing else will work as well. My Makita stays in it’s drawer most of the time, but has been used for a lot of things that I did around the house and yard. Keep it, you will need it; and when you do, you will certainly thank the gift giver again. Good Luck, Work Safely and have fun!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#4 posted 02-27-2017 12:31 PM

I have one I use quite often, but not for woodworking. If you’ve ever watched “The American Woodshop” (the Scott Phillips show) he uses one all the time for sculpting wood with a couple of different cutters. These are the smaller angle grinders (4 1/2” or so). I had a 7” one once that got used very little.

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them700project

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#5 posted 02-27-2017 01:55 PM

http://www.arbortechusa.com/view/woodworking/

Other than that they are handy for masonry, tile, metal. Basically all non wood items

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#6 posted 02-27-2017 02:56 PM

A grinder is a metalworking tool, it is very dangerous when used on wood. Here is the story about a guy who got killed when he put some circular saw blade on it which kicked back.

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#7 posted 02-27-2017 03:09 PM

Made the top with a angle grinder and a flapper wheels 40grit to 220grit. A grinder is pretty versatile tool I also have polishing attachments and flat sanding attachments even have a coupling with a threaded rod on it to sandwich scotch bright pads on and use those to buff and knock of edges. They also make carving wheels for them. Like with anything else use the safety stuff that comes with them and proper ppe like glasses, gloves maybe a leather apron. Even a wife cup attachment can be used on wood to make some neat designs and textures.

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#8 posted 02-27-2017 03:10 PM

That sounds like a horrific accident and sad occurrence but the cause wasn’t using an angle grinder on wood…the cause was trying to make a tool that it is not designed to be.


A grinder is a metalworking tool, it is very dangerous when used on wood. Here is the story about a guy who got killed when he put some circular saw blade on it which kicked back.

- Carloz


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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#9 posted 02-27-2017 04:21 PM

I use an angle grinder all the time for shaping and sculpting boxes and wood art. Take off the grinding wheel and replace it with a 4-1/2” sanding disc…

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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Dward67

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#10 posted 02-28-2017 11:22 AM

Thank you everyone for the input! diverlloyd and Cajun Wood Artist those are amazing pieces and seeing projects like that is inspiring. Not sure what I will do with the angle grinder but I’m going to keep it.

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#11 posted 02-28-2017 12:02 PM

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#12 posted 02-28-2017 12:27 PM



Thank you everyone for the input! diverlloyd and Cajun Wood Artist those are amazing pieces and seeing projects like that is inspiring. Not sure what I will do with the angle grinder but I m going to keep it.

- Dward67


Since you’ve decided to keep it, good for you. It is pretty much an indispensable tool around the house if you’re a handy type person. If you’re gonna use it with the flap type sanding discs on wood and metal, make sure you label each disc as to whether it’s for metal or wood. Once a disc is used on metal, and then you try it on wood, all it will do is smoke and burn your wood. ............... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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Craftsman on the lake

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#13 posted 02-28-2017 12:28 PM

My angle grinder…. don’t need it all the time, but when I do nothing else will do without a lot of elbow work. Keep it and you’ll see.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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diverlloyd

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#14 posted 02-28-2017 01:13 PM

Thanks Dward sometimes you will be standing in the shop and have a piece of wood in front of you and see the grinder and think “um wonder what that will do”. Then you come out with a lid like that. Just have fun with it and play around just because something is suspose to be used for one thing doesn’t mean it won’t work for others.

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#15 posted 02-28-2017 01:25 PM

A very handy tool if used properly. a very dangerous tool if not used properly. Just like any power tool, or any tool for that matter. You do not have to be afraid of it. Just treat it with respect and after a while you will be glad you have it.

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