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hankm
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Registered: ‎11-07-2010
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Angle Grinder as a WMD Sander

I had an occasion to modify my H.F. ElCheapo angle grinder into a disk sander that the former Bush administration would've classified as a weapon of mass destruction due to it's aggressive nature. I bought this adapter for it:

http://www.harborfreight.com/5-inch-backing-pad-for-resin-fiber-discs-94370.html

It was only $3 'cause I had one of those 20% off coupons found in Wood Magazine's advertiser pages. I also had a supply of c- weight sanding paper remnants- I buy an assortment for $20 per 10 Lb. box, so my per 5" disk cost is only a few pennies. I proceed like so:

 

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With a compass draw a 5" diameter circle, followed by a 2" diameter, and finally a 3/4" one. Cutout the 3/4 arbor hole and pie slice out to the 2" circle line, this allows the retaining washer to nest below the pad's surface.

 

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Now go and find a surface that needs to be hogged down in a hurry, this is not a fine finish tool, but if you need to quickly knock down a glueup surface or renew a workbench top or grind a stump, this is the beast that will do it fast. Be advised that with no dust collection, this thing spews out the dust, so use outdoors or over a powerful sanding suction box.

Politicians like to panic. It's their substitute for achievement. - Sir Humphrey Appleby




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coltons4
Posts: 271
Registered: ‎06-03-2011
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Re: Angle Grinder as a WMD Sander

thats nice ive been wanting to do that to my hitachi angle grinder

lifes short
do woodworking
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stick48668
Posts: 10,097
Registered: ‎01-15-2010
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Re: Angle Grinder as a WMD Sander

if you want to use that grinder as a coping tool put two disks together back to back w/o the backer pad...



this would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
if only new layers hadn't been added....

Stick....

 

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