The carpenter is not the best who makes more chips than all the rest…if it’s piles of sawdust you seek grab your angle grinder for havoc you soon will wreak.
Sure, the angle grinder is an awesome tool to have around when working on metal, but what do you know about how-to use an angle grinder on wood?
How useful is the angle grinder when it comes to working on wood you ask? Let us take a quick look and see.
Read this tutorial now and learn how-to use an angle grinder on wood. Then see for yourself which angle grinder attachments work best for carving, shaping, and sanding wood.
Carving, shaping and sanding attachments on angle grinders
Carving, Shaping and Sanding Wood
When it comes to carving, shaping and sanding wood there are many effective tools to consider. Only one however, can be quickly adapted to accomplish all three of these common woodworking tasks with ease. The angle grinder.
If you are a woodworker looking for a fast and easy method to quickly carve, then shape, and finally sand out large gouges and even chainsaw curfs, the angle grinder is the tool for you.
Keep in mind though, the angle grinder will remove much wood in a hurry, and like all power tools, when using your angle grinder on wood, be certain to wear safety goggles and other appropriate PPE.
And for finely detailed woodworking projects you may consider other, less aggressive alternatives.
WARNING: ALWAYS READ AND OBSERVE ALL SAFETY RULES, INSTRUCTIONS AND PRECAUTIONS THAT COME WITH YOUR TOOLS. FAILURE TO DO SO CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS. DO NOT OPERATE LANCELOT OR SQUIRE WITHOUT FIRST CORRECTLY INSTALLING AND ADJUSTING THE SAFETY GUARD THAT CAME WITH YOUR ANGLE GRINDER!
When using your angle grinder to work on wood always consider how much wood needs to be removed and how fast you want to remove that wood. This will help you determine which woodworking attachment to use.
Remember, most angle grinders have operating head speeds of up to 13,000 revolutions per minute; some even faster. With the proper attachments, these powerful little hand tools have the ability to remove a massive amount of material in a hurry.
So always consider which of the following angle grinder attachments to use for your specific woodworking project:
Abrasive flap Discs
Abrasive carving discs
Abrasive flap discs
Abrasive flap discs are nothing more than many small pieces of sand paper adhered to a rigid backing disc which can be attached to your angle grinder. While the first abrasive flap discs for high-speed angle grinders were developed towards the end of the 1970s and were somewhat crude, new versions offer much diversity.
In terms of material removal capacity, service life and sanding quality, flap discs are as versatile as the angle grinder itself. The flap discs designed for use on wood are very similar in nature to the flap discs designed for use on metal. The main difference is found in the abrasive material being used on each disc and in the stiffness of the backing material.
Use woodworking flap discs on your angle grinder just like you would use sand paper. To eliminate deep scratches or gouges, start with a heavy grit working your way up to the lighter 100 -120 and finer grit sanding flap discs for final finish.
Abrasive carving discs
When it comes to shaping wood, nothing works better than abrasive carving discs. From bowls to bears, artistic wooden sculptures to log furniture, anytime you need to shape wood, use an abrasive carving disk attachment on your angle grinder and you will get the job done in no time.
Abrasive carving discs incorporate carbide teeth that work with or against the grain on all types of wood. These extremely sharp, conical teeth provide excellent surface removal on wood and are easy to control with just about any angle grinder.
Carving wheels are typically heavily toothed with something similar to chainsaw teeth or heavily sharpened steel and alloy teeth.
Carving wheel attachments are highly aggressive and will power their way through the hardest of woods and other soft non ferrous materials with ease. Remember to always use extreme caution when operating an angle grinder and carving wheel.
Hope this is helpful the next time you need to grab that angle grinder to work on wood.