Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
I always kept a small angle grinder (3" I think) in my shop. probably the same one as Steve suggested from harbor Freight. Used mostly for cutting and grinding old nuts and bolts. Once in a while i would grind a bowl while running on the lathe to rough sculpt it intermittently with my chisels. I did that when I wasnt sure of what shape I was looking for.
I also used steel rods when working with formica. When using wood dowels, sometimes a little contact cement would stick to the dowel and I would have to clean the contact cement off the wood. With steel rods, all it took was a quick swipe with a thinner wet rag. So on some jobs, I had to cut the steel rods and the grinder was usually the fastest and easiest way.
May only have have to use it once or twice a year and for a $15 investment, it sure is worth it when you want it. And it doesnt take up much space.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx
Last edited by Tony B; 06-26-2019 at 11:38 AM.