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CHAPTER 6

 

Grinding and Cutting

 

Angle Grinder

Grinding is one of the most useful and essential skills for a well-rounded metalworker. With a 4½-in angle grinder, you can clean steel to be welded, chamfer edges, cut through steel sheet and stock, and polish a finished project. And you can do all of this just about anywhere with a standard 120-V outlet. Angle grinders are handheld, so you don’t need to schlep your whole project to a special area—you bring the tool to your project. There is still only one tool I have in my garage (a.k.a. “home shop”) for metalworking—a grinder. It allows me to cut material down to length with accuracy, prep pieces for welding, and clean up old salvaged steel. All this makes my time in the metal shop even more ...

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