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Dustless sanding

Dustless sanding

02-29-2008 04:05 PM by MrWoody | 10 comments »

This machine works exactly as advertised.Here is a link to their videosClick “Build your own” then “Drum sander demo” Pros: They claim that you can sand painted surfaces without clogging up the paper. It’s true.My third picture is a stir stick that I use to stir my poly. There are at least a dozen coats on it. There was even a large drip. The stick took 3 passes with 100 grit paper. The paper showed no evidence of gumming up or even use.I have sanded several p...

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Grizzly G0458 18" Open End Drum Sander

Grizzly G0458 18" Open End Drum Sander

07-27-2009 05:39 AM by Greg Wurst | 31 comments »

I finally got a chance to spend some time with the drum sander and I though I’d give you my impressions. http://grizzly.com/products/18-1-1-2-HP-Single-Phase-Open-End-Drum-Sander/G0458 It arrived largely assembled except for the stand. It weighs a metric ton, so while I moved it and mounted it myself I’d highly recommend getting someone to help you. If you don’t have a mobile base you’re not going to be able to move this very easily. I ran a few boards throu...

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Flapping in the Breeze

Flapping in the Breeze

08-18-2008 12:13 AM by closetguy | 8 comments »

I make and sell a lot of cutting boards. 50% or more of the time involved is sanding so I am always looking for ways to cut the sanding time down. It gets downright tiring sanding the round-over edges with a ROS, especially when I am finishing 10 boards at a time. I had heard about flap sanders, but didn’t know much about them. What amazed me when searching the Internet I found very few companies that make them. What I did find was the Grizzly G8749. I have used this for about thr...

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You need this if you sand inside curves

You need this if you sand inside curves

11-24-2008 09:38 PM by ferstler | 7 comments »

This device is no longer in production, but used models might show up here and there. It had a list price of $99 when it was available new, and I lucked out and got the last display model at my local Home Depot for sixty-seven bucks. The top is cast iron, the rotational speed is 2000 rpm, and the oscillating range is 5/8 inch. The motor draws 3.5 amps and the weight is 49 pounds. The metal spindle is 1/2 inches in size and while it will hold a sanding sleeve that diameter you also have fou...

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Grizzly G1014Z 6x48 belt sander with 9" disc

Grizzly G1014Z 6x48 belt sander with 9" disc

04-06-2009 11:56 PM by NY_Rocking_Chairs | 3 comments »

As I get more and more into the model making side of wood-working I find I need to do some quick sanding and holding the ROS while trying to sand a small piece was getting aggravating. So we stopped at the Grizzly showroom in Muncy, PA. They had both this sander and the smaller 4×36 belt sander. Needless to say the smaller one was out of stock and looked a little small and light for my needs, plus the G1014Z came with a stand. I was forced to wait 5 days before even unpacking it ...

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Harbor Freight 4" x 36" Belt/6" Disc Sander

Harbor Freight 4" x 36" Belt/6" Disc Sander

08-09-2009 04:19 AM by cpd011 | 19 comments »

This is my first review. I received the sale paper for Harbor Freight a week ago and like many of you I’m very leary of any of their power tools. My grandpa always tried to buy the best tools, and between my dad and his brother they are still using his Unisaw, drill press, joiner and bandsaw which ar all at least 40 years old. getting back to the point, I saw they were advertising a benchtop belt/ disc sander combo for $49.95 and decided to make the twenty minute road trip with my dad. ...

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Finally, a Hand Sander That Allows You to Sand...

Finally, a Hand Sander That Allows You to Sand...

09-10-2009 04:02 AM by CaptainSkully | 15 comments »

I’ve been using that damn rubber thing with the nails sticking out of each end for years. No wonder I hardly ever did any hand sanding. I bought this because the action looked like it would be easy to switch out paper. It’s so easy, I switch grits without a care. The best $20 I ever spent at the woodworking store. As a recent improvement in my woodworking, I’ve started to hand-sand the orbital swirl marks out of my stuff. This makes that as easy as the wood will allow.

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Same thing the other guys sell at half the price.

Same thing the other guys sell at half the price.

09-21-2009 03:47 AM by dbhost | 17 comments »

Not much to say about this. I needed to finally replace the sanding belt cleaner I had as I had worn it out. (Still on the same belt FWIW). I hopped into Harbor Freight, and picked one of these up. Sale price of $3.99, and since I wasn’t getting anything more expensive, I threw the 20% coupon on it for an additional $.80 savings for a total before tax of $3.19… Got the thing home, and it is EXACTLY the same item as I had purchased at the big name woodworking supply and hardware...

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Yes, I did need a drum sander

Yes, I did need a drum sander

09-06-2010 07:28 AM by Ben | 18 comments »

Overview When I run across a list of must-have tools in the woodworking magazines, a drum sander is never mentioned. I hemmed and hawed about whether or not I needed one for my growing hobby. I finally bought the Jet 16-32 last December and I am more satisfied with my purchase every day. A few things that were a little bothersome This machine can be slow. I am accustomed to my planer hogging off large chunks of wood in a couple of minutes. This tool is not meant to replace a plane...

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Porter-Cable 390K ROS

Porter-Cable 390K ROS

12-30-2009 09:28 PM by TheDane | 21 comments »

The Porter-Cable 390K 5” variable speed low profile Random Orbital Sander is a quality tool that delivers great performance. The low profile makes this sander much easier to control than other, taller sanders. The motor used is a constant response motor, which keeps it from bogging down regardless of the amount of pressure you put on it. The 390K is the most aggressive sander I own (I also have sanders from Milwaukee, B&D, and Craftsman) in terms of the material it will remove, y...

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