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Blog entry by Don Butler posted 11-03-2009 03:09 PM 1633 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During my years in making things with wood I’ve been concerned with sanding. Almost anything we make from wood needs sanding to remove tools marks, to bring the wood to a high polish before applying finish, to make a carving smooth.
I’m fortunate to have a CarveWright machine and I really like the work it does. I also have a Legacy Ornamental Mill and it does things for me I can’t do with hand tools.
Oh yes, there are some highly skilled woodworkers who can make a tapered, spiral piece by hand. I congratulate them. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, I need machine to help me do the things I can’t.
But the point is, whether by hand or machine, these things often need to be sanded to remove sharp corners and produce a smoother, more refined look.
So I’ve been looking into ways to do that in a less labor intensive way.
Flap wheels, sanding mops, sponge sanding blocks and even the little Scotch Brite radial bristle discs (expensive and short lived), have been tried, each with a measure of success.
But I recently found Black & Decker Nylon Wheels.
They’re 3’ in diameter. That’s a big difference from the little 7/8” Scotch Brite discs.
Doing a web search for them, I discovered that they normally sell at retail for about eight bucks apiece. But I made a visit to a Black & Decker factory outlet store and found them for $1.79!
So if this is something you may find useful, Find a factory outlet store near you and get some of these neat sanding wheels at a great bargain price.

Now, the merger:
Just this morning I picked up on the news item telling about Stanley Tools and Black & Decker merging. Stanley stockholders will have about a .5% advantage in the new corporation.
They seem to think they will cut costs significantly while producing the same product lines.
Let’s hope they don’t go down in quality.
Having a tool company manufacturing in the USA is good for the job situation, but mergers like this sometimes save on costs by reducing the work force.
Here’s me, hoping these two USA companies will continue to make their tools here and not overseas.

d

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gagewestern

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#1 posted 11-03-2009 04:21 PM

one thing you have to watch for with these though is that they can melt on to the wood if to much force is used while sanding

-- gagewestern

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Andy

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#2 posted 11-03-2009 10:38 PM

Do you have a link to these? Sounds great but I cant find anything on them when I Google or even on the B&D site.
I am always interested in new ways to speed up the sanding process :-)
Thanks for the help.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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Don Butler

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#3 posted 11-03-2009 11:06 PM

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/subcategory_Air-Tools_-49997582_-49997326_10151_10051_-1___

scroll down to the bottom of the page. no pictures, but they’re described. Last three items. This is the only page I found for them.

Sorry , B&D doesn’t have a web site for the factory outlets.

d

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 12-24-2009 03:03 PM

One of the last three items was a 6” sanding disc. Is that the product you described?

One product I found that I really like for sanding is the Egyptian Gold sandpaper from Klingspor. I bought one roll of 150 grit to use on the wood lathe and it lasts forever. Even an old piece that has been used several times still cuts good. it is truly amazing stuff!! It is flexible and does not crack in tight corners like regular paper.
I’m ordering 100, 220 and 320 right now.

Sounds like a commercial ! I like to tell someone when I find a good product.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Don Butler

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#5 posted 12-24-2009 03:35 PM

Jim,
The item to which I refer is a small wheel, perhaps three inches in diameter and looks like a brush wheel. The bristles are abrasive and come in a couple of grit grades.
don

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