|Review by paxorion||posted 07-21-2014 12:58 AM||4410 views||3 times favorited||25 comments|
I come from a rather impatient part of the world, and if anything seems like a monotonous use of time, I can’t stand it. So if anyone were to ask me what I enjoyed least (i.e. hate) about woodworking, it’s sanding. In fact, sanding is probably the part of woodworking that is most likely to cause my projects to go into limbo. There are times when I am worried that sanding will be the death of my woodworking journey!
Enter the Preppin Weapon. I remember first spotting it on a Wood Whisperer video thinking “what is that thing?” After a bit of research, I concluded that it was a tool that could be a luxury item worth splurging on “one day”. At that time, I did the usual wrap sandpaper around a block of scrap wood, and it was minimally satisfactory to “get the job done”. Now if sanding is the part of woodworking I hate the most, I the part I hated about sanding is hand sanding. That comes from the fact that I found myself spending more mental energy keeping the sandpaper in position as I would actually sanding. Well “one day” came, when I made an impromptu stop at Woodcraft, and made an impromptu (impulse) purchase.
If a tool can stem the dreadful fate of limbo for a project and be enjoyable to use, I’d say it’s a good buy. If it can change your fear of a premature death to woodworking for a young man, I’d say it is great buy. Lately, I find myself impulsively sanding random boards just to get the satisfying feeling of watching sawdust form quickly. I actually find that in some cases, I can sand with the preppin weapon faster than with my random orbit sander. The tool is great. A few highlights.
- There is some prep work to properly size your sandpaper for the tool (a single full sized sheet yields 4 perfectly sized strips for the tool). Not really an inconvenience if you do it ahead of time.
- Paper change is exceptionally fast, thanks to the 2 lever latches that hold paper nice and tight.
- There are two major advantages over the rubber sanding block (like the Norton one from Woodcraft). First, you get use of a lot more of the sandpaper as only about 1 inch is taken up the clamps that hold the paper to the block. Second, you can take off and put sandpaper back on, without any concern for re-aligning puncture holes.
- The ergonomics is awesome. With practically no downward pressure, I find that I might be able to sand faster than with a random orbit sander! (OK this might be an exaggeration…I use better Klingspor sandpaper for hand sanding than the Gator disc overstock I’m trying to use up)
UPDATE (12/06/2014): I love this thing so much, I got a second one to match my 2 5” ROS. I now have a yellow (for 80/120/150) with my Dewalt sander and blue (For 180, 220, or 320) with my Bosch. Very tempted to get a red (and maybe a Milwaukee sander?) to serve as an intermediary, so that I can color code my sanding routine.