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Carving Bits for Rotary Tool or Die Grinder

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    Anyone have experience with 1/4 inch rasps for carving in a die grinder or rotary tool? I need to find some bits to help grind away some areas of the chairs I am building and would prefer not to buy another tool – I have a DeWalt rotary tool that spins 30,000 RPM and it over 5 amps and takes 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch collets. Does not have variable speed, but I think that would be OK since the bits are not going to be large diameter. Just curious if anyone has any experience with wood carving. I know a lot of die-grinder bits are for metal working. Maybe they would still work in wood, but might clog or not cut as well. Maybe just the typical Dremel bits would work OK?

    Thanks

    Orange County, CA

    #242834
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    If you have an angle grinder, you might try a flap sanding disc. They can be incredibly aggressive. There was a post a while back about a cutting head for a grinder that used carbide blades and removes material similar to a planer.

    Jon P.
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    #242885
    jstare
    Pro
    Langley, BC

    I have been researching the same thing because I am starting a rocking chair as well. The same company (Saburr Tooth) that makes the grinder discs for doing the chair seat makes rotary rasps and they come in 1/8″ and 1/4″ collets. They have a good selection available at Highland Woodworking. I am going to pick up a couple for doing my chair as well.

    http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/cylindersaburrtoothcarbideburr14shank.aspx

    If you look through their website they have a bunch of other shapes as well, just not in the link above.

    #242900
    thedude306
    Moderator
    Foam Lake, SK

    Typhoon bits for heavy removal

    Ruby Points for finer detail.

    Here’s the page. Razortip supplies carvers all over NA, they just happen to be in my back yard. CRAPPY website but some of the best products around (their wood burning tool is the best in the biz) and they carry only the best of carving supplies (or so I have found)

    I only use those two brands

    https://www.razertip.com/powerabrasive.htm

    Brad T
    Self employed Pro since 2014!!

    #243058

    Good info – thanks Brad and jstare. Jon – I will have to look at flapper disks for some of the shaping – there are some transition areas that I think need to be done with a rasp and carving type bit and I think that a grinder may not be able to reach those areas.

    Appreciate the comments.

    Orange County, CA

    #243062
    crotalusco
    Pro
    west bend, wi

    I have been researching the same thing because I am starting a rocking chair as well. The same company (Saburr Tooth) that makes the grinder discs for doing the chair seat makes rotary rasps and they come in 1/8″ and 1/4″ collets. They have a good selection available at Highland Woodworking. I am going to pick up a couple for doing my chair as well.

    http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/cylindersaburrtoothcarbideburr14shank.aspx

    thanks for those links

    If you look through their website they have a bunch of other shapes as well, just not in the link above.

    #243123
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Man this co. has a lot of neat stuff like that. I know you said you didn’t want to buy another tool but that’s not the tooljunkie we all know.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5bjPnoG5J4Ggk9bPGNgAgQ

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #243206
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    Check out this company from Australia. I have heard flat out they are the best

    http://www.arbortechusa.com/view/woodworking/contour-random-sander/

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC
    (and also the World's Fastest Poster)

    #243396
    jstare
    Pro
    Langley, BC

    Typhoon bits for heavy removal

    Ruby Points for finer detail.

    Here’s the page. Razortip supplies carvers all over NA, they just happen to be in my back yard. CRAPPY website but some of the best products around (their wood burning tool is the best in the biz) and they carry only the best of carving supplies (or so I have found)

    I only use those two brands

    https://www.razertip.com/powerabrasive.htm

    Hey Brad, thanks for sharing thst link. I had never heard of Razertip before. I would rather support a Canadian company and save on costs of bringing stuff across the border. They look like they have some good products.

    #243471

    Man this co. has a lot of neat stuff like that. I know you said you didn’t want to buy another tool but that’s not the tooljunkie we all know.

    <figure class=”oe-video-container”><iframe width=”770″ height=”433″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/CWDr2G9p4iI?feature=oembed&wmode=opaque&#8221; frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=””></iframe></figure>
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5bjPnoG5J4Ggk9bPGNgAgQ

    LOL…that is pretty cool. I have seen those before. Not sure if it would work for my exact need, but that is a cool grinder/carver or whatever you call it for sure.

    Orange County, CA

    #243472

    Typhoon bits for heavy removal

    Ruby Points for finer detail.

    Here’s the page. Razortip supplies carvers all over NA, they just happen to be in my back yard. CRAPPY website but some of the best products around (their wood burning tool is the best in the biz) and they carry only the best of carving supplies (or so I have found)

    I only use those two brands

    https://www.razertip.com/powerabrasive.htm

    Thanks for the link – the Typhoon looks like just the thing. I wonder if they are available in the US. Have to check out their site to see how much shipping would be.

    Orange County, CA

    #243491
    thedude306
    Moderator
    Foam Lake, SK

    if you need help with shipping, just let me know

    Brad T
    Self employed Pro since 2014!!

    #243508

    if you need help with shipping, just let me know

    Thanks, Brad. It looks like they ship to the US — just takes a couple of weeks. Just curious if you have tried the Typhoon out and if so, if you happen to have any pics of the finish left behind. If not, no biggie – just trying to get a sense as to what fine and coarse look like. Walnut is pretty easy to work, so a fine might be OK.

    Orange County, CA

    #243516
    thedude306
    Moderator
    Foam Lake, SK

    I am a bit skewed when it comes to fine carving as all I do is working decoys and the majority of them are done out of cork.

    My rotary tool and bits are all buried out at the farm or I would run you up a test piece. I have the round head shank coarse and fine. I guess the call them the bull nose.

    Give them a call and tell them what you are doing. They should be more then willing to guide you in the right direction. They have been really good with me.

    Brad T
    Self employed Pro since 2014!!

    #244249

    https://www.razertip.com/powerabrasive.htm

    This is a deadly website for me, especially since you mentioned their woodburning kits are solid.

    John S

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