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Gator

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381 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: carving tool

I am working on a pair of sculpted maloof inspired chairs, and have decided to buy a power carver to help with the tight area’s, as I hope to build a few more. I am tossed between the Wecheer – sold by Woodcraft – $205.00 vs the Foredom that sells for $425.00 – obviously the Wecheer would be a lot less cash outlay, but does anyone know if it is up to the task of grinding chair joints, etc. I don’t want to spend the money for a tool that is okay for carving ducks, (that I will never do by the way) but not stand up to medium to heavy duty grinding of chair joinery.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Gator

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.


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mbs

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#1 posted 381 days ago

I’m not familiar with those but I like festool RO 90 and the 115 (see my reviews) for rockers.

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#2 posted 381 days ago

metabo 6” variable speed or dewalt 6” grinder

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Gator

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#3 posted 381 days ago

Thanks guys.. I have all the angle grinders and sanders.
I am looking at a flexible shaft rotary tool for getting into the tight spots on the chairs where grinders and sanders can not reach.

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#4 posted 381 days ago

Sorry – didn’t understand the type of grinder you were looking for.

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Gator

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#5 posted 381 days ago

No worries..
I checked out your reviews & projects… really nice work.

Have fun ..

Gator

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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waho6o9

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#6 posted 381 days ago

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=31017&cat=1,130,43409

I’d ask Lee Valley if these would fit other grinders beside the
Foredom. If I understand you correctly.

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 380 days ago

There are several sources of flexible shafts with 1/4” chucks that fit onto drills, larger Dremel tools,etc. I have two Foredom tools (one at our clinic for horse dentistry and one in my shop). Pricey but they do work as advertised. Those rasps in the post above will fit in those 1/4” chucks on the flex shafts.

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runswithscissors

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#8 posted 380 days ago

Another option is a die grinder (full size, not the little Dremel toy). Even HF sells one. They have 1/4” collets, but you can put a 1/8” adapter in them.

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#9 posted 380 days ago

I would suggest that you get some Iwasaki files
and try them out first. Spinning carvers cannot
do the same trick. Malloof probably used gouges
and rasps.

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 379 days ago

Pneumatic die grinders have 1/4” collets as well and work great if you have a bigger compressor. I also use mine a lot with those 1/4” shank flap sanders.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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