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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 05-13-2010 11:34 PM 1135 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a cutting board that was one of my first-

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It already had a mineral oil and wax finish on it, but has been kicking around the shop since I made it. Someone asked if I still had this board and they were interested in buying it. So I dug it out and thought I would run it through my Grizzly 24” drum sander to get rid of a few scratches. I started out okay sanding, but when the sanding side lost it’s wax coat the sander grabbed it (the bottom was still slick with wax) and shot it out the back of the sander at rocket speed.
It went about twenty feet before being stopped by my workbench. I thought for sure it would be in pieces, it made quite a racket. Nothing but a small dent on the rounded over edge. Wow this is one tough board.
Lesson learned- DO NOT PUT WAXED BOARDS THROUGH THE DRUM SANDER without first removing the wax !!

I know jet propulsion is one of the safety issues with a drum sander so I never stand in front or behind the sander while it is working. Good thing I payed attention.
Now if I had thought one second about the wax issue….

Putting a new finish on it and it is sold.

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com



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degoose

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#1 posted 05-13-2010 11:37 PM

Well It just goes to show… finish them and sell them… don’t hang onto them..
Glad all is OK.

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dustbunny

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#2 posted 05-13-2010 11:41 PM

That was the last one I had kicking around, but before I got my drum sander people have asked if I could sand down a chopper that they had been using for years and needed a new face, I always said I had no way to do it.
Now I can, and I know what to watch out for.

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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Karson

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#3 posted 05-13-2010 11:45 PM

Another great lesson learned.

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Mary Anne

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#4 posted 05-13-2010 11:51 PM

Wow! Zipp-a-dee-do-dah!!!
Good thing you were practicing safe sanding.

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David Craig

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#5 posted 05-14-2010 12:12 AM

No video of the first launch of the unmanned cutting board….a pity :)

Glad you are safe and, if nothing else, it proves you did a fantastic job with the joints on that board. With it being one of your first boards, that is something to be proud of in its own right.

Enemies of the light beware, this bunny’s armed and dangerous :)

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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reggiek

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#6 posted 05-14-2010 12:19 AM

Ouch! Glad to hear you were not injured. Just proves again that you have to be on your toes constantly around the shop as there is always the threat of a radical and possibly dangerous result to even the simplest of actions. I bet any woodworker could make the same mistake as it seems logical to use a sander to remove a finish? I dont have a drum sander (due to size constraints) so thankfully, I don’t have that to worry about.

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#7 posted 05-14-2010 12:44 AM

Glad your ok . lesson learned thanks for sharing

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SPalm

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#8 posted 05-14-2010 01:02 AM

Yikes. I never thought of that. I know that planers can launch boards, I never thought a drum sander would.

But then again, I know it happens to people who don’t have auto feed.

Thanks for the heads up,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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dustbunny

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#9 posted 05-14-2010 01:46 AM

Titebond III… the official adhesive of NASA. LOL
Steve- The drum sander has an auto feed conveyor belt, it just couldn’t grip the board.
The first thing my husband asked is if the board went out the front or the back. With the garage door opened his car windshield would have been the target. Hehe.

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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poroskywood

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#10 posted 05-14-2010 02:21 AM

See signature below. Glad you made it!

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#11 posted 05-14-2010 02:59 AM

Whew! That wa a close one, eh? Glad to hear you and the board survived with minimal damage.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 05-14-2010 04:21 AM

Sounds like an exciting day ;-)) Glad you were not in the line of fire!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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scrappy

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#13 posted 05-14-2010 07:33 AM

Lisa, Glad you were out of the way. Thanks for posting the reminder to all of us, the need for safety!

Congrats on the sale.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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ellen35

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#14 posted 05-14-2010 12:23 PM

Gives new meaning to the word “duck”!!
Glad you are safe… and thanks for the reminder.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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lumberdustjohn

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#15 posted 05-14-2010 01:06 PM

Glad you were out of the way.
Lesson learned!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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