I do a lot of freehand carving of wooden spoons and bowls, roughing with a
bandsaw and then chainsaw disk, then successively finer kutzall disks all,
on motorized angle grinders. This works quite well, but the disks are a
bit large for doing the inside of spoons and the whine of the angle
grinders is a pain. I wear ear protection, but I think the neighbors may be
starting to tire of it.
I saw an ad for the Proxxon mini grinder at King Arthur Tools (renamed the
It's packaged with pretty much the blades I'd like for ~$200. However, it
looks a bit weak for the kind of work I do and I'd like feedback by anyone
who has ever used it. Quality of construction, sound, ease of use,
Alternatively, some friends have suggested switching to air tools, using
something like mini die grinders on a big compressed air rig. This seems
attractive for the relative cheapness of the handpieces and decreased sound
(motor only runs after pressure has decreased past the cut-in point). I saw
that Sam Maloof runs this sort of setup in his shop to good effect :) but
the additional cost of the compressor and large tank are significant
(~$1000). Feedback on this is also welcome and appreciated.
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