Igraine Universal Fit flap sanders archive
Friday 13 January 2012
These flap disc sanders from King Arthur Tools are perfect for anyone wishing to sculpt and alter shapes in wood, says Mark Baker
King Arthur Tools are known for their Lancelot and Squire chainsaw disc cutters, their Holey Galahad tungsten carbide discs, Guinevere sanding system, and the Merlin mini grinder - all products have a name associated with the Arthurian legend - all of which are designed to shape wood. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that these 100mm (4in) flap sanders have been introduced to shape and refine surfaces further. And for those who are interested, Igraine was Arthur's mother.
What they areThese discs measure 100mm (4in) in diameter and have a 22mm (7/8in) arbor hole; these are designed to fit on 115mm (4 1/2in) angle grinders. There are three grit grades available: 24, 60 and 80. They are easily fitted to the angle grinder and once secured, are ready for use.
In useThe coarse grit is able to remove wood very quickly and can be used to shape things with ease. Above, you can see the tool being used to carve ridges on the outside rim of a platter. The circular shape of the discs afford you great control and they can be manipulated across the surface of the wood quickly and easily. Not only can you refine the shapes with these, but you can sculpt with them as well as using them to create incised lines, curved fissures and fish-scale details. They, of course, can be used with light or heavy pressure and this will alter the effect and surface finish achieved.
One thing to note - and this has nothing to do with the efficacy of the discs - angle grinders can be quite heavy, so use the side handle as this will provide extra support and afford you more control. Ensure to take regular breaks so that you don't become tired.
These products are perfect for people who wish to sculpt and alter shapes. They are definitely worth exploring; quite simply, the discs performed faultlessly when shaping and refining the surface.
(PHOTOGRAPHS BY GMC/ANTHONY BAILEY)