The Basement #14: Sanding and Buffing

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 02-26-2011 06:43 AM 4416 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Greetings – this is a 3 part installment.

Intro (Part 1): Got this 1hp motor from a work “garage sale” for $5 complete with Jabobs chuck;

I found 2 different grit sanding buffs at a garage sale for $0.50 each – $1.00 invested in 2!

These buffs work great on any irregular surfaces and it’s handy to have in the sanding arsonal…

That was the first part….I now have $6 invested in this high powered sanding rig…

Part 2 – I wanted to aquire the Beall Wood Buff system – a way to polish finish without all the hassles. My motor is 3450 rpm and the standard Beall Wood Buff Sytem is the 8” diameter wheels and is rated for 1750 RPM motors and cost $80. Frustrated, I googled Beall Wood Buff and got Klingspor’s on the response – they sell a 4” diameter system (from Beall) for $40.

The 4” system will work with the 3450 RPM motor and includes ALL the same essential elements of the 8” system for half the price….......

Click – add to cart.

I made a slight mod to the stock mandrel so I could put it in the chuck instead of mounting it directly to the motor shaft – this way I can quickly switch back to mop sanding mode.

I’m new to this setup so can’t make any performance statements yet – but I expect that it will find some good use. Just check the Reviews section of LJ for more info.

Part 3 – I was now on Klingspor website and had the wood buff in the cart…....I’m sure the rest of you do it too, you start clicking around looking for “stuff you need” on the site before you “checkout”.

I love the PSA sandpaper – the Woodsmith Show got me hooked on the stuff. I had a couple of rolls of 80 and 120 grit 3M Stickit but I wanted more grits….ordered these:

Good stuff, but at $18 a roll it all adds up…...before checking out – I added the “closeout 5 lb PSA Assortment Pack” to the cart for another $18. The next picture shows what I got for the $18 but it’s after I fixed up the sanding board – pictures to follow after

I’m sure this has been done before, but when making boxes and such, it;s nice to sand on a nice flat surface such as the table saw table or the jointer table, using PSA paper. The problem is the paper needs to be removed before you can ue the tool again.

This is a piece of 3/4” MDF with various grits of PSA sandpaper on both sides – This is the rough side – 80, 100, 120 and 150:

And the smooth side – 180, 220 and 320:

I’m in the rubber roll business for more years than I should probably admit so I used a heavyweight roll to get all the snap -crackles and pops out of the paper when laying it down.

I should say – dealing with Klingspor was great – they shipped the same day, the shipping cost was very resonable and everything was delivered correctly….
Again, I’m sure this has all been posted before – and I’m certain I will discover the limitations of these techniques as time goes on…..and I appreciate your input on this…..................


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 02-26-2011 04:44 PM

Good for you. I am jealous of your motor sanding station. Looks great.
Nice idea of the flat sanding setup too. That would come in handy.

I feel your pain on throwing things into the shopping basket. My whole shop has been built on poor bookkeeping. It eases this pain somewhat.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 06-23-2011 07:05 PM

Howdy Jeff, Would those rubber rolls be any good for homemade drum sanders? Nice sanding set-up, BTW. Thanks, Ed

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#3 posted 06-23-2011 07:17 PM

Hey Ed – back in the day – we made some pretty beefy (longer, wider) rolls that would work pretty good. The one in the photo is a bit small in my opinion – maybe 11”-12” wide? I will keep my eyes peeled tho, you are not the first to ask!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 03:03 AM

OK Jeff. Let me know then.
I wonder if there are any manufactured with rubber rolls. Ever heard of that anyone? What is the common material for the drums? Thanks, Ed

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