Coping with Mini-Grinders


Fine Homebuilding's Tips & Techniques

My mini-grinders see a lot of action onsite, and nothing beats them for coping moldings.

Instead of using the backing pad, I put a pair of sanding disks back-to-back so I can cope the whole profile of a Mini Grindersmolding without turning over the grinder. I can cut to the left or right and the dust keeps heading away from me.

  • I install one sanding disk with the grits facing up and the other with the grits facing down.
  • I sandwich the disks between the two clamping nuts that normally hold grinding disks or cutoff wheels.

Between the stiffness of the doubled-up disks and the centrifugal force, the disks stay flat while cutting.

Another use for the top disk is removing extra material from the bottoms of casings so that flooring will slide under.

- Gregg Roos, San Francisco

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