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Posted on Drum sander and endgrain Purpleheart

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#1 posted 10-31-2012 05:48 AM

I’ve used my 16/32 drum sander on at least 10 boards with purpleheart with great success. I use 180 grit. I adjust untill I just start to hear the paper making contact and then I only adjust the height 1/8 th of a turn after making 2 passes on each side of the board. Before I even think of using the drum sander I make sure there is no glue visible on the board. If when you feed your board into the sander and you hear the machine load up then your height is too aggresive and your feed rate is too fast. After all is smooth and level I switch to my ROS and work up to 400 grit.

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