I am looking for a technique to do face jointing (I am limited by a 6” jointer) of wide pieces (~12”) of highly-figured wood such as tiger maple. Any planer design is out of the question because of unavoidable uphill tearout on the multi-directional grain. A hand-held belt sander is out because of imperfect technique (e.g. rocking, listing to either side) and the resulting swirl marks. That leaves drum sanders. Using the usual overhead drum sander design, correcting a 1-mm cup in an 8” board may be difficult if the stabilizing rollers simply flatten the slight cup while the workpiece is passing through only to have the cup return on the outfeed side. The below-table design of the Sand-Flee, in theory, would allow its use as an abrasive jointer. Some reviewers say that this tool is overpriced and underpowered. I would appreciate the advice of my Lumberjocks friends.
-- Paul, Clinton, NC