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Paul

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10-18-2007 08:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sanding

Came into some birthday gift money today from family and friends.

I think the next wish list item is a sanding station of some sort. Either a combo belt and disk sanding station or an oscillating spindle sander. Recommendations? What do you have and are you pleased with it?

I probably should first consider a table top model because of space limitations, but I worry about being underpowered – so I’m open to rearranging (again!) for a floor model if it’s too big of a trade-off on power.

-- Paul, Texas


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#1 posted 10-18-2007 08:24 PM

Happy birthday. Have a bagel on me. I’ve got a harbor freight model and it works find but I think it is a little underpowered. Their HP rating is a little bit optimistic. I’ve got a 6X48 and 12” disk. The dust collection portion also Sucks, and that’s not a good suck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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mot

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#2 posted 10-18-2007 08:37 PM

I’ve gotten much more useful work out of my oscillating spindle sander, than my belt/disc sander…though I have both.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 10-18-2007 10:49 PM

I have no idea how it works, because I don’t own it (maybe you can check out reviews on Amazon or some other tool review site?), but Ridgid makes a stationary sanding station that converts into an oscillating spindle sander. I think they run about $199 the last I checked and that would give you both options.

Ok, I actually found some after a bit of looking…

Ridgid Oscillating Belt/Spindle Sander Review

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#4 posted 10-18-2007 11:16 PM

I love my ridgid stationary sander. The power is plenty. The table top is plenty big and tilts. The dust collection port works good. When doing my research on the sander there was nothing but glowing reports on it.

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#5 posted 10-19-2007 05:41 AM

The Rigid OSS was Fine Woodworking top tool in it’s class… Been wanting one for a while.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 10-19-2007 07:13 AM

I don’t own any Rigid stuff but after several positive comments from many folks on many different products from routers to table saws to drill presses, I’m going to start giving them a look. I’m a state of indecision on this subject as well. I want a belt/disk combo but don’t like the marks I get by using a non-oscillating drum on my drill press…

One consideration might be a good oscillator and then a sanding disk that installs in the table saw. Do you have a smaller belt sander already by chance?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#7 posted 10-19-2007 11:41 AM

Happy Birthday.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#8 posted 10-19-2007 03:22 PM

oh my! birthday money $$ ya got to love that Happy Birthday :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#9 posted 10-23-2007 11:32 PM

Burning a hole in my pocket . . . I went a little crazy bidding on hand tool (planes, chisels, etc) tuning/restoration/parts projects on e-bay. We’ll see how things turn out over the next week.

-- Paul, Texas

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#10 posted 10-23-2007 11:33 PM

You will have to post some photos….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 10-24-2007 05:39 PM

Wayne -

No pics yet, the first two postings on which I bid went off last night to other bidders. I found out this morning that they went pretty cheap and I probably would have tried harder. But we’re unreasonable parents and have only one computer/internet connection in the house in our den where everyone spends their time. Internet access is therefore always supervised. My two children play tag team on the computer each night for homework and play. The chair never gets cold. So, I didn’t get a chance to watch as the postings came close to end. If I win some of the other postings on which I’ve bid, I’ll post pics.

-- Paul, Texas

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WayneC

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#12 posted 10-24-2007 07:04 PM

Looking forward to see what you come up with. I lost control of the computer a long time ago. Usually there are 2 to 4 running in the house at any given time.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Paul

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#13 posted 10-24-2007 07:09 PM

That’s a nice bedrock you came up with. I’ll try to remember your e-bay tag and not run anything up on you.

;)

-- Paul, Texas

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#14 posted 10-24-2007 09:34 PM

Thanks. This should be a good user plane. Outside of collector interest. (body re-jappaned, missing original lever cap). The last 2 similar 608s in nice condition that I saw went for over $400 each so I am happy to get this one. Next step is to get a Hock Blade and Chip Breaker for it.

Let me know your ID and I will return the favor.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 10-24-2007 09:56 PM

Wow. I guess I haven’t been paying attention to the price of Bedrocks lately. You might remember I posted a note about an auction sale in my brother’s Illinois town for last Saturday in another thread. There was so much stuff there I would have wanted that I didn’t even try to instruct my brother to bid for me considering all the contingency instructions I would have to create. My brother wasn’t there the whole time and was told that the “planes” sold for an average of $200 to $300 a piece – & as high as $500. I responded that what he was told must have been a generalization focusing on the Bedrocks, 45s & 55s that were there and not the regular Stanleys. I thought things still must have gotten out of hand with auction bidding fever. But honestly, Bedrocks left my price range a long time ago and I’m apparently out of touch with how far behind they have left me!

I graduated from a small central Illinois college called Eureka in 1984 – thus my tag – Eureka84

-- Paul, Texas

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