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02-12-2010 10:49 PM

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My first month or so of woodworking, I made do with a Black and Decker Mouse sander, which I could barely stand. I took a bunch of old stuff hanging around in the shop to the second hand tool store and managed to trade it for a standard 1/4 sheet sander, which wasn’t anything fancy but was miles better than the Mouse.

This morning, a week later, it broke. The motor bits still work, but when I took it apart to see what was wrong, I found about half a dozen plastic parts that had snapped.

Is there such a thing as an inexpensive hand plane that would work for removing small bandsaw lines from boards? 95% of the sanding I do is with 60 grit sandpaper on boards I’ve resawn for my box projects. I’m fine doing the rest of it by hand.

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#1 posted 02-12-2010 10:54 PM

I’ve had great luck with this one from HD. $30.00.

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#2 posted 02-12-2010 10:59 PM

Wiley you night consider a few scrapers like this if the ridges aren’t to bad.

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#3 posted 02-12-2010 11:09 PM

I use a small block plane – the apron plane from Lee Valley is very nice, and it fits in your pocket/apron.

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#4 posted 02-12-2010 11:11 PM

as far as hand planes i would just buy a half decent older plane from ebay or at a flee market. if not that then try the groz planes… they are pretty cheap but with a sharp blade will do a good job.

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#5 posted 02-12-2010 11:13 PM

i think the problem with a cheap plane is that you are likely to spend more on sharpening equipment than the plane itself. Even using scary sharp, you’ll need to make some investment in sandpapers and a backer (granite or glass). maybe you already have those available?

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#6 posted 02-13-2010 05:01 AM

What would help is a better Random orbital sander, the mouse is dead it’s all for the best there not very good sanders. A better ROS will cost in the $50+ range.

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#7 posted 02-13-2010 05:13 AM

It depends on your budget G

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#8 posted 02-13-2010 05:28 AM

I got a FREE DeWalt Random Orbit Sander. Dust bag, and hook and loop pad included.

Only hitch was, I had to buy a 500.00 $ 735 Planer! LOL.

Good luck, all roads lead to Rome ya know, you’ll find your best fit tool in time.

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#9 posted 02-13-2010 06:12 AM

Here’s one with the new type motor that’s supose to last a long time. I have one and it runs very smooth and stops instead of coasting when turned off.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 02-13-2010 08:20 AM

I bought a Bosch ROS a few years ago and have been very pleased with it. Has variable speed and on board dust filter. The variable speed works really well with soft and hard wood alike, also has a dampening system to prevent swirling and prevent damage when you take it off of your work piece. here is a link. I bought mine at lowes for about $80. Hope this helps.


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#11 posted 02-13-2010 08:27 AM

Hey Andy
I have one that I use too it is a good sander. I actulaty have 4 different brands that I use and they all have there goods points.

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#12 posted 02-14-2010 12:45 AM

Hey G
Someone posted That same sander the porter cable 390 as a refurbish for almost half price.

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