Snap-on Discs 3 Reasons to Love Them

Let me play my “tool-geekery” card today. I like tools, especially ones that are easily modified and do good quick work. One of my favorite tools in my foredom arsenal is the Snap-on Disc.

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Let me give you my top 3 reasons I like them so much:

The first reason I like them is that they come in a large variety of sizes and grits, but I pretty much gravitate towards 4 different kinds.


The second reason I like the snap-on discs is that they are easy to trim. I have mentioned before that I like to reuse many or most of my tools and I have a huge pile of #12 Curved Surgical Blades that I have used to cut rubber molds. These blades are not sharp enough to cut molds anymore, but have many other uses.

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To trim these discs once the edge gets dull, I mount these on a snap-on mandrel, back side out, and run the foredom at a pretty fast speed and trim off just a small amount of the disc. This enables a fresh cutting surface. Sometimes when the disc edge is a little out of round, I run the disc at a high rate of speed and rub it up against my bench pin. This wears the edge down and gives it a true running edge. I can now run this with confidence, very close to polished surfaces and stones. Once the “wobble” is out of the disc, I can do this easily.

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The third reason I can’t live without these amazing tools is the fact that you can use them with the grit on either the inside or outside of the Snap-on Mandrel, depending on what type of piece you are working on. I have a number of these mounted in different grits and different sizes and positions. They are quick to change out and quick to change sizes.

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Well, there ya have it, a little tool-time today.

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4 Responses to Snap-on Discs 3 Reasons to Love Them

  1. michelle August 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Hey Monk.
    Love the logo perfect pick. Thank you for the trim the disc tip with a surgical blade. Brilliant again

    • JewelryMonk August 1, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

      Thank you so much Michelle!

  2. Robyn Anderson August 1, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Really enjoying your blog. I have been following along since day 1.
    I love these snap on discs too. I have been saving the used ones and often grab one to use just in my hand. I love the idea of trimming them though. I am so glad I didn’t throw the used ones in the bin!!!

    • JewelryMonk August 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

      Wow, Robyn, Day 1? Nicely Done. That warms my heart.