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Posted on Electric hand planers, or belt sanders how useful are they?

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 05:56 PM

I rely heavily on my belt sander—It is most useful for scribing countertops and cabinets.

If I need to flatten a large panel, the surface planer, or, wide-belt sander is best, but those are big pieces of machinery and out of reach to many hobbiests. (Talk about scary fast though)

Fortunately, I think the Woodworkers’ Source (at least in Phoenix) has machinery set up they’ll rent by the hour if you have lots to do.

I’ve never been accused of nostalgia for the old school process of woodworking. The cutting edge machinery works too well and is readily accessable in recent years. Maybe, after I retire, I’ll look into what all the hand tool fuss is about. Nah! Probably not.

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