carving (burr?) bits and wheels for laminates

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Forum topic by lumberstuff posted 05-10-2013 09:55 PM 1621 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2013 09:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: laminate die grinder burr gun stock

Hi all,
I am looking for ideas for tooling and bits to “carve” thick laminate stock.
In this case it is thick laminate 3”+ thick comprised of < 1/8” layers.

This is gunstock material produced with unknown adhesives (probably epoxies) under high pressure.
Likely it will will require carbide.

Also, due to the thinness of the layers I am not expecting to remove a lot of material fast to eliminate splintering, etc.

I am guessing right now that I will need some convex burr wheels for my 4” die grinder as a starting tool (after rough bandsaw shaping).

after that not sure.

All I know is I was told do NOT try using my good chisels on it for anything other than light paring, and I won’t.

Any ideas or help greatly appreciated !

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#1 posted 05-13-2013 12:33 AM

I would think that the solid carbide burrs could handle the material just fine.

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 05-13-2013 01:50 AM

Look for Saburr Tooth carbide burrs. I’ve used them for carving soapstone, alabaster and serpentine.

Traditional Woodworker has them I think
I haven’t had to buy any in a long time.

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 02:25 AM

those look like great options.
Would you think I should go with a MEDIUM tooth/grit ?

Not sure how much material the FINE would remove. I don’t mind it taking longer I just don’t want to burn one up by using too fine a grit to remove lots of material –
but by same token don’t want to overshoot and risk a lot of tear out.

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 10:45 AM

Burn ‘em up?
Maybe you didn’t read my post carefully…. I use them on STONE! heheheh.
Brazilian soapstone is pretty soft, alabaster a bit harder and grittier, and serpentine is harder still.

If you can work this material with a rasp, the Saburr Tooth burrs will remove material at an almost alarming rate. :)
They don’t load up either. I don’t know about tearout as I mostly use them on stone. But I know some power carvers who use the coarse to rough a block and then a fine to refine it and then they actually carve with the fine ones in different shapes.

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