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Triton Belt Sander

Triton Belt Sander

05-09-2014 06:21 PM by Crickett | 3 comments »

I recently found myself in the middle of knocking out several end grain cutting board projects just as a nice thank you for some friends and family. While I paid attention to my glueups, perhaps I should have wiped off the excess glue squeeze out rather than letting it dry. Once I had the boards configured how I like, I attempted skip planing the tops and bottoms to level them and remove the dried glue. That didn’t work. I then ran them through my drum sander with 50 grit paper on the d...

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Makita BO3710 Finishing Sander

Makita BO3710 Finishing Sander

05-03-2014 06:39 PM by b2rtch | 4 comments »

I got this sander just two days ago but I already put quite few hours on it.Like every one else I have multiple sanders. I am doing project for the church and no sander that I already have could have been used to do what I need to do except a 1/4 sheet orbital sander that I rarely use because it does not do a very good job.A 1/2 sheet sander is too big, too heavy and too cumbersome. This sander is 1/3 sheet.For what I have to do it is the perfect size. It perform very well yet it is light a...

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Industraial Abrasives.  Where  Customer Service is Fantastic

Industraial Abrasives. Where Customer Service is Fantastic

04-11-2014 03:03 PM by ScottKaye | 11 comments »

How is this for customer service? I needed some new wraps for my drum sander and I remember a buddy of mine recommended Industrial Abrasives. I went to their site and checked them out. Their prices were certainly very good but it was their customer service that really bounced them to the top of the pack, at least for me. They sell 3” aluminum oxide poly/cotton backed paper in 35’ rolls and 52 yard rolls. It would take me several years to go through 52 yards so I opted for t...

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A Pleasant Surprise

A Pleasant Surprise

04-08-2014 04:46 AM by Purrmaster | 14 comments »

This review for the coarse grade of sanding sponges. They are sold in packs of ten at Harbor Freight. I was over there and needed to sand some curved pieces so I picked some up. I also got some Norton 60 grit sponges elsewhere so I was able to do a direct comparison. I’ve also used 3M’s sponges in the past. Harbor Freight doesn’t specify the grit but I’d say it’s between 60 and 80 grit. I wasn’t expecting much from these sponges. I’ve used ...

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Bosch 5" Variable Speed Orbital Sander

Bosch 5" Variable Speed Orbital Sander

02-27-2014 05:02 AM by PaulLL | 15 comments »

I got a side job refinishing the slabs in the picture. They are stair treads going on a steel staircase that I built at my day job. 16 of them that our original finisher messed up with a crappy faux finish white wash, instead of the faux limed oak look that it was supposed to have. I was using my 5” King orbital to sand off the white but “unfortunately” is took a spill off my bench. So I checked my Popular Mechanic stack, remembering there was a sander ranking in one of ...

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Festool RO 125  sander and CT 26 dust extractor

Festool RO 125 sander and CT 26 dust extractor

02-08-2014 03:07 AM by Sandra | 45 comments »

Woodworking background – Hobbyist Bought from: Lee Valley Paid: $1126.00 for both components Pros:Automatic start of dust extractor Long lasting abrasives Amazing dust control Reasonable noise level Variable speed and two sanding modes Cons: None other than price Without a doubt, this is a luxury purchase for a hobbyist like myself. Previous to this sander, I had been using a Bosch ROS which worked just fine. The dust control however was lousy. I work out of...

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 Mirka Sanding Disks and Belts

Mirka Sanding Disks and Belts

02-01-2014 07:43 PM by b2rtch | 15 comments »

Last year when I remolded my kitchen, I bought on Amazon Mirka sanding disks in different grits. I was very satisfied with them. I used to buy all my abrasives from KLINGSPOR but the last time I checked their prices for sanding belts I had a sticker shock.The last sanding belts that I bought for my Ridgid sander, was also on Amazon. They were 100 grit Makita sanding belts. I noticed that they loaded very fast and I am really not happy with them. After a good experience with their sand...

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Flatmaster 24" Drum Sander

Flatmaster 24" Drum Sander

01-13-2014 02:30 PM by retfr8flyr | 8 comments »

I know there are a couple of reviews on the Flatmaster Sander but I thought I would give my impressions of my new 24 inch Flatmaster. I have had this sander for about 4 months now and have run many different projects and wood types on it and it does a great job. Unlike most drum sanders, it is a hand feed sander so some will be turned off immediately but they would be missing a great sander. I purchased the ready made metal cabinet version. There are other various forms of the sander in ki...

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Porter Cable 390K 5" low profile Random Orbital Sander

Porter Cable 390K 5" low profile Random Orbital Sander

01-12-2014 05:51 PM by GeneR | 21 comments »

First off I have used many, many different sanders before this purchase. I bought this sander to replace a porter cable 1/4 sheet finishing sander that finally gave out after many years of reliable use. I looked at several random orbital sanders that were comparable including the Dewalt version which is more of a finishing sander where this is an all around work horse. The most notable difference between this and other ROS’s is the fact this is very quiet compared to Dewalt, Black...

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Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt / Spindle Sander

Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt / Spindle Sander

12-27-2013 03:26 PM by woodmaker | 19 comments »

Well, Ms. Santa has been nice to me once again. I casually mentioned this once upon a time to the wife while at Home Depot and lo and behold I find it under the tree. I love this thing! Works great, no complaints. Yes I have used the snot out of it already. I really like the edge sander the best.

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