Tabletop glass grinders are one of the most useful tools for stained glass and fused glass artists.They are used to clean up rough edges and to shape and smooth items before or after cutting or fusing.
Although not absolutely necessary, a grinder reduces the time and effort required for some kiln worked or stained glass projects. Many projects would not be possible without a tabletop grinder.
Glass grinders are not overly expensive; there is a good range of models to choose from. Some models are less than $100; these may be more suited to someone who only wishes to carry out occasional projects.
Grinders come in a number of styles. They consist of a motorized vertical shaft with a removable abrasive head, called a bit.