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shaaka

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06-22-2015 06:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drum sander sander belt sander finishing

Hello,

I make cedar wood desks. I use planks that are biscuit joined and braced, but I am finding it extremely time consuming to get the table top smooth with a selection of orbital and belt sanders. I make around 6 of these a day and the time consumption is making me want to purchase some type of machinery that could speed things up.

Questions:

1. I found this Grizzly drum sander (http://www.grizzly.com/products/37-Drum-Sander-15-HP-3-Phase/G0450) and wondering whether this will achieve a smooth and uniform finish?
2. Are there any other types of machinery that would be better or achieve the affect I am looking for?
3. Any brands I should know about.

Thank you for reading this and I look forward to receiving some suggestions.

Thanks


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pjones46

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#1 posted 07-08-2015 01:59 AM

I have the G1066Z 24” Drum Sander w/ VS and have had it for for about a year with zero problems for doing panels and works very well on hardwoods and saves alot of time. Also, the glued up panels come out really flat.

My guess, if you have three phase, the machine you picked out woould work well if the size fits your needs. Also, very important to have proper dust collection capacity. There are other companies which make drum sanders but I have had really good experience with Grizzly.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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CueballRosendaul

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#2 posted 07-09-2015 03:23 AM

Isn’t cedar a little soft for a desktop? Seems like writing with a pen or pencil would leave indentations. Perhaps you can design the problem out of the project by finding a different top material as a sheet good that doesn’t need additional flattening.

Alternatively, if you pre-flatten them very well before glue up, and be sure to use cauls to keep the glue up flat, you can minimize the amount of post glue up flattening that needs done.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#3 posted 07-09-2015 03:39 AM

[snip] I make around 6 of these a day and the time consumption is making me want to purchase some type of machinery that could speed things up.

Questions:

[snip] 3. Any brands I should know about.

Thank you for reading this and I look forward to receiving some suggestions.

Thanks

- shaaka

Turning out that many desks per day, seems like a drum sander is appropriate. Once they’re run through that, if you need to use a random orbital sander for the final go-around, I’d highly recommend Mirka Abranet. I tested it out on poplar cupboards (that were to be painted with milk paint), another soft wood, and the finish was great; the dust collection was fabulous because it’s a mesh, not a paper; and each disk lasted 4 or 5 times as long as a regular sandpaper disc—it simply does not load up. Now, it’s the only disc I use.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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