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Blog entry by kosta posted 07-30-2009 02:45 PM 822 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yo whats up everybody I have been really board this week and decided to do a test does dust collection really help improve sandpaper life. It actually does because I am working on a fish tank stand right now and I have to do a lot of sanding. Now I dont really care if I have to sand something for 30 minutes but it doesnt matter how long it takes. I use a dewalt 5 in random orbit sander and I have been doing most of the heavy work with the 60 grit paper because Im trying to get all the old stain out. Now I know I could use a stain remover but I would still have to sand it either way so I just deiced to use the random orbit sander and then use the palm sander for the corners and edges. Now you would be surprised how good a 2 gallon shop vac can do because it made a huge difference and got the down out of my face and out of the air. Ok so thats about it I am going to go out to the shop now before it gets hot.

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/



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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 07-30-2009 02:49 PM

The best rule of dust – Collect it at it’s source.

Yes, dust collection does extend the life of the sandpaper and your lungs.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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kosta

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#2 posted 07-30-2009 03:11 PM

oh yea but I try to buy a lot of sandpaper at once because its cheaper that way even if I dont use it for a while

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 07-30-2009 03:50 PM

The small consumer packs are definitely the most expensive way to buy it. I buy the larger pro packs from cabinet supply shops.

It is also worth it to buy a good professional grade sandpaper. Cheap sandpaper isn’t worth the money.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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kosta

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#4 posted 07-30-2009 05:08 PM

I use norton but I have a hard time finding it in bulk so if I cant find norton paper in bulk then I use gator

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 07-30-2009 05:35 PM

Festool sandpaper last a lot longer than any other sandpaper I have previously used. Costs a little more but is most certainly worth it, plus the center hole provides better dust collection.

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kosta

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#6 posted 07-30-2009 05:43 PM

Yea I have heard that from other people but you have to spend at least $400 for the dust collector and the sander and thats a lot of money to spend on something like that

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 07-30-2009 07:20 PM

I bought the Festool hose, which is well worth the money at $68 and adapted it to my Ridgid shopvac. I use an electronic tool activated switch to turn on the vac when I run the sander or whatever I want to collect dust from.

Shop Vac with Switch

The Festool hose connects to many brands of tools.

6" Random Orbit Sander

Dewalt Biscuit Jointer

This setup is much cheaper and works really well.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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kosta

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#8 posted 07-30-2009 07:51 PM

Yea I remember you had those pictures in a post a while ago but see for me the money that im going to spend on tools I am going to use that money for a table saw because I am really getting tired of using a circular saw because the saw I have right now sucks oh by the way how did you post those pictures just now

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 07-30-2009 08:37 PM

Getting a tablesaw is a wise choice.

I host my pictures at Flickr and this is how I do it.

First, I chose the picture that I want and click on “All Sizes.”

Flickr Sample 1

Next, chose the medium size to get images the same size as you see posted here. You can chose small but do not choose large or the format will be too big for LumberJocks and the image will be cut off.

After choosing the size, you can copy the URL underneath of the picture and pasted it into LJ after you type a sentence to show an image of what you are talking about. Like this:

Flickr Sample 2

I only use Flickr, but the principal should be similar on any of the photo hosting sites.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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kosta

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#10 posted 07-30-2009 08:48 PM

ok thanks

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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