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Review by WoodArtbyJR posted 1189 days ago 5079 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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




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#1 posted 1188 days ago

I also have one of these, and love it, especially for any odd shape , or anything that requires shaping, like cabriolet legs and chairs, its a life saver, not cheap, but does a sweet job in my opinion

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#2 posted 1188 days ago

I have looked at this also and liked what it can do…but the price tag seemed a bit exhorbitant for a fixed speed grinder motor and a flex cable. I then thought about purchasing the sanding attachments and making my own motor from an old variable speed grinder I have and some flex cable extras I have from my burned out Dremel (and may still do that if I find a need for this in the future). For now I am sanding with my rotary carver and flap wheels, pads, and a sorby sander which is not as sophisticated as the guineviere but not as costly.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 1188 days ago

reggiek – we do what our pocket book can handle/allow. The one thing I didn’t mention was that my box of drum sanders that I got from Woodcraft to use with my drill press work just great with this machine. Now, you can buy the round head/dome head sander from them indepently for your set up. That one piece is worth it’s weight in gold. Like I staed before, when using that sanding attachment be very careful/gentle not to tear the sandpaper sleeve as they are VERY expensive. A tool is only worth its cost if you use it, and worth a million bucks if you need it and don’t have it…...

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#4 posted 1188 days ago

Jim…I didn’t mean that as a reflection on what tools folks can afford or should afford….nor on what they buy….I don’t want to start something like the Festool blogs usually end up….I just felt that the guineverer system was overpriced for what you get – To me this tool would be a nice addition to my tool arsenal…but not a necessity. I will spend more on a tool I really need vs…one I can make good use of…..certainly the cost doesn’t always reflect how useful the tool is (I call the cost that a person would be willing to pay based on need as the “relative cost”). If I needed it….like the Festool Domino (I have)...I would certainly consider the price high but not exhorbitant….For the guinevere, To me, the relative cost is less than the actual cost they are charging for this item. I have a couple of the King Arthur Tools…they are good quality….and very useful…..but they are pricey and sometimes too high for what I want/need.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 1188 days ago

reggiek – I’m sorry if you misunderstood my reply. I agree, guinevere is VERY expensive (or even maybe over priced). But like you and your Festool, I justified the cost to what I thought I could achieve in my bowl turning with the tool. Since then I have found other uses which even makes the purchase a better buy in my mind (makes me feel better). The problem with blogs and e-mail is that you can’t see the body language and or facial expressions of a person your conversing with and many times the said statement is read differently then what was meant. My pocket book and the need for the tool usually dominates the decision on which tool and whether to buy it or not. I just purchased an air filter system for my shop. I read EVERY entry on LJ in the tool review before I finally purchased one. Based on what the other LJs had to say is how I made the purchase choice. Everything that you and I say here will be read and taken in to consideration by someone when and if they may need a tool like this. Had I been in your shoes and had a burned out dremel I would have done the same. Why spend $300 when a $100 or so would accomplish the same.

Take care

Jim

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#6 posted 432 days ago

I bought one of the Guinevere inflatable sanding balls and it works great if you use it in a chuck, but the shank is not 1/4” like I thought. It is .236 and does not fit in a 1/4” collet on the Wecheer system.
I’m going to send a complaint to them about that. When I saw it advertized, I thought it was a 1/4” shank and it could easily be.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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