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Forum topic by Gator posted 04-01-2013 05:14 PM 607 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gator

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04-01-2013 05:14 PM

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

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 05:27 PM

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 04-02-2013 12:34 AM

metabo 6” variable speed or dewalt 6” grinder

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 02:07 AM

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.

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#4 posted 04-02-2013 02:40 AM

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

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#5 posted 04-02-2013 02:58 AM

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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#6 posted 04-02-2013 03:10 AM

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 04-03-2013 02:48 AM

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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#8 posted 04-03-2013 07:53 AM

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 04-03-2013 08:29 AM

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 04-03-2013 06:29 PM

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.

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