There are many tools that are essential to complete a handyman's arsenal, and a glass grinder is one of the tools that are less frequently used but still important. A grinder bit s used to cut pieces of glass, and it is a specialized tool that is only used for glass. Know what grinder bits do and how to use them is an important part of finding and purchasing one.
Glass grinder bits are actually separate bits that do not come with a set of Dremel tool bits, but you can easily find your own grinder bits. They are shaped similar to the other bits for the Dremel tool, but you can tell them apart by the fact that the edge of the grinder bit is sparkly. This is because low grade diamonds are used to cut glass.
Using glass grinder bits is actually fairly easy, and you can cut easily using the following steps:
Step 1: Outline on the piece of glass the design or shape that you want to grind into the glass. Usually you will need to draw the desired design for your piece of glass, as it is difficult to keep the Dremel tool to a particular path if it is not clearly laid out. You can use a marker, although many cutters use a grease pencil to make the markings on it.
Step 2: Grinding the design into the glass begins by selecting the right grinder bit for the job. Glass grinder bits come in all different sizes, and you need to select the right size bit for the grinding that you will be doing.
Step 3: Attach the grinder bit to the Dremel tool according to the instructions. Be sure to tighten the Dremel tool properly to ensure that the grinder bit doesn't spin out as you are using it. Glass grinder bits can be dangerous if they spin off a Dremel tool, so it is vital that you secure it properly.
Step 4: Begin at the outer edge of the piece of glass, and begin grinding in towards the center.
Follow the pattern that you have outlined in it, and make sure to do the outer designs of the glass before getting to the middle portion of the glass. Doing the outer areas first ensures that the glass dust doesn't build up and obscure your view of your grinding. You will often need to brush away the dust as you work, as the dust will build up as you use the glass grinder bits.
Step 5: Once you have finished grinding the glass, turn off the Dremel tool and set it aside carefully. To finish off the grinding, you can use a sanding bit for the Dremel tool, and use it at a medium setting to give your outline a good rub down. This will create a frosted, even, and smooth appearance that makes glass look elegant.
As you can see, using glass grinder bits is fairly easy, and you can easily buy your own set of glass grinder bits to allow you to etch fancy patterns and designs. You can even create your own stained windows if you get good at using the grinder bit.
There are currently no comments on this post. Be the first one!