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Note about Cajon & New Sander

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 10-22-2014 07:26 PM 1678 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a random blog this time. The cajon I’m working on has chosen which side will be the bottom. When I began rounding over the corners with a 1/2 inch roundover router bit, the grain in the plywood began splitting away from the surface. I caught it in time to minimize it on the rest of that edge, and I managed to eliminate it on the rest of the box. I also made the damage very unnoticeable using some wood colored epoxy that I had. That, plus making that side the bottom will be the fix.

So back when I was building that table for the church, I found myself needing a random orbit sander. Obviously not one to spend a lot of money on a first buy, I grabbed one like the one pictured above at my local Walmart. (Yes, I traded money for it. For that matter, I was so strapped for workshop cash at the time I had to go to the bank and withdraw a bit from my book royalties.) ;-(

Not a review:

The sander has been cool to me so far. I like the way the air blast from the motor scatters the sawdust it creates. The dust bag seems to be mostly useless though. Previous to this I only had an orbital sander and a vibro sander to use (plus the belt sander, but that’s more of a grinder in my view.)

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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#1 posted 10-22-2014 08:09 PM

Dave, we have a similar, if not the same sander. The dust port connects nicely to the shop vac to increase dust collection. The little bag does collect enough dust to be used for mixing with CA glue to ‘fix’ small gaps in glue up or knots. And, to state the obvious, it helps to align the holes in the sandpaper with the holes on the pad. Someone on LJ posted an alignment jig I’ve been meaning to copy. Going to look for it now. :-)

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 10-22-2014 09:18 PM

Here is one by LJ GaryK (God rest his soul).

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 10-23-2014 12:19 AM

Cfrye, That jig would do the trick. I think I’ve seen one in the shape of a hand as well.

So after you mentioned aligning the holes, I went and took a look at my sander. The reason I had no dust in the bag at this time is because I grabbed a sanding disk that had no holes. I know I can drill my own.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 10-23-2014 12:29 AM

Hahaha! Glad I’m not alone in doing things like that! Hand shaped? Why not? Make it fun :-D

-- God bless, Candy

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