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Posted on Drum sander and endgrain Purpleheart

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#1 posted 10-31-2012 08:31 AM

@prgdesigns: I had considered coarser grits, but I think I’ll just use a router sled to flatten instead since anything coarser than the 80 will leave at least as many lines as the router.

Rob, I hesitate to use the planer, since even if it does work, it leaves tearout that I got the drum sander to (mostly) eliminate. At least, my planer does, even on the purpleheart facegrain sometimes.

@retiredcoastie: yea, all the visible glue is/was gone, and I don’t think it’s possible to take smaller passes than I did.

To all: thanks for the responses. It seems for the most part that certain woods may just not work well. The hard maple sections of the board, even thought they are just about as hard as the purpleheart, had no problem going thru the sander.
If I come up with something that works, I’ll be sure to pass it along.

I suppose I could always take it into work, throw it down on a large surface grinder, put on an 80 grit white wheel and flatten it to ±.001”...... but that’s cheating :-)


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