|Review by WoodArtbyJR||posted 04-25-2011 05:17 PM||8617 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
When turning bowls I have always been upset with the sanding that is required to remove the “rip outs” and the other soft areas. Well, I saw this tool online and checked it out. I purchased it last year and thought that I should add a review so other LJ had an idea as to it’s worth (MHO).
As you can see in the picture it comes with a rounded head and a cylindrical head sanding attachment. Both are rubber bladders that when inflated hold the sanding piece in place. The little black cylinder looking thing with the brass tip is the hand air pump you inflate the bladdes with. The round head does great round bottom clean up in a newly turned bowl. The sanding heads come in three different grits. The kit comes as shown in the picture. When you first try it you have to be a little gentle as the round head sander is pleated (so it can make up the round shaped head) and if sanding a natural edged bowl that has voids you have to be careful as to not catch the pleats on an edge and distroy the sand paper.
I just finished cutting out a state shaped piece of wood for a clock I am making and used the cylinder sander to sand the edges of the piece (I don’t have a oscillating sander) and it did the job very nicely. An accessory that I got was the dust extraction kit (worth the expense). It’s a plastic cover that fits over the sanding head that is attached to a shop vac to suck up the dust as you sand. IT WORKS. There are many other sized sanding heads available as well.
This is a tools that not everybody will want or need. I have found it to be very useful and worth the $330 price tag. I’m going to rate this a 5 out of 5 stars because if you need something like this to finish off a project, it’s worth every penney. But again, not everybody will have a use for this.
-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington