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.
Tony B Retired woodworker, among other things.
"Strive for excellence and settle for completion" Tony B
Last edited by Tony B; 06-26-2019 at 11:38 AM.