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Forum topic by AZWoody posted 03-15-2016 08:56 PM 580 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AZWoody

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03-15-2016 08:56 PM

Has anyone seen a brush that can fit into a spindle sander?

I was thinking of using it for cleaning up old barn lumber I have and also for live edges on some projects I’m working on.

I also could use a drill with a brush fitting but I am thinking I could get more done using my stand alone spindle sander.

What kind of brush do you guys use for this kind of work? Brass? I tried some of the rubber based abrasive brushes from harbor freight. They work, but they heat up too fast and if you don’t move fast enough, can leave dark marks on the surface I’m sanding.


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#1 posted 03-15-2016 10:00 PM

I don’t think spindle sanders are designed to hold brushes. Are you trying to get rid of the dirt and get down to clean wood? Do you want to preserve the live edge while only removing the dirt? If you just want to clean up the wood like new so you don’t damage planer or jointer knives, a belt sander with an 80-100 grit belt or an angle grinder with a 36 or 60 grit flap disc will make short work of it. Just make sure to keep it moving, and don’t tilt the grinder or belt sander so much as they remove material FAST!

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AZWoody

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#2 posted 03-16-2016 03:40 AM



I don t think spindle sanders are designed to hold brushes. Are you trying to get rid of the dirt and get down to clean wood? Do you want to preserve the live edge while only removing the dirt? If you just want to clean up the wood like new so you don t damage planer or jointer knives, a belt sander with an 80-100 grit belt or an angle grinder with a 36 or 60 grit flap disc will make short work of it. Just make sure to keep it moving, and don t tilt the grinder or belt sander so much as they remove material FAST!

- TheWoodRaccoon

The flap sander would mess up the live edge part though. I don’t want it to smooth it, I just want it to clean up the loose fibers and to enhance the natural textures that are already there.

I am wanting to basically do something like this….
http://www.quickwood.com/power-tools/table-sander/

Maybe I can take metal brushes that can be used on a drill and fine one that can match bolt that goes through the spindle and stack them? Then, it still comes down to material. Would bronze be better than steel?

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#3 posted 03-16-2016 03:44 AM

I would try a drill press attachment.

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TheWoodRaccoon

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#4 posted 03-16-2016 03:46 AM


I don t think spindle sanders are designed to hold brushes. Are you trying to get rid of the dirt and get down to clean wood? Do you want to preserve the live edge while only removing the dirt? If you just want to clean up the wood like new so you don t damage planer or jointer knives, a belt sander with an 80-100 grit belt or an angle grinder with a 36 or 60 grit flap disc will make short work of it. Just make sure to keep it moving, and don t tilt the grinder or belt sander so much as they remove material FAST!

- TheWoodRaccoon

The flap sander would mess up the live edge part though. I don t want it to smooth it, I just want it to clean up the loose fibers and to enhance the natural textures that are already there.

I am wanting to basically do something like this….
http://www.quickwood.com/power-tools/table-sander/

Maybe I can take metal brushes that can be used on a drill and fine one that can match bolt that goes through the spindle and stack them? Then, it still comes down to material. Would bronze be better than steel?

- AZWoody

For preserving the live edge, there’s nothing simpler than a stiff bristled nylon brush or broom head.

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AZWoody

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#5 posted 03-16-2016 03:52 AM


For preserving the live edge, there s nothing simpler than a stiff bristled nylon brush or broom head.

- TheWoodRaccoon

I agree, the problem is, I have a really bad shoulder problem lately that is causing me problems when doing work like that. I feel the pain even when using my sliding miter saw.

I have thought of a drill press attachment but the table is just too small and not strong enough to support the slabs I’m working with. The spindle sander I have is the Grizzly G1071. It really does a great job and has a pretty good sized table on it. Just trying to think of some way to use that and modify it to suit this need. Heck, that’s pretty much what we all do here with all kinds of tools, haha.

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TheWoodRaccoon

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#6 posted 03-16-2016 12:31 PM


For preserving the live edge, there s nothing simpler than a stiff bristled nylon brush or broom head.

- TheWoodRaccoon

I agree, the problem is, I have a really bad shoulder problem lately that is causing me problems when doing work like that. I feel the pain even when using my sliding miter saw.

I have thought of a drill press attachment but the table is just too small and not strong enough to support the slabs I m working with. The spindle sander I have is the Grizzly G1071. It really does a great job and has a pretty good sized table on it. Just trying to think of some way to use that and modify it to suit this need. Heck, that s pretty much what we all do here with all kinds of tools, haha.

- AZWoody

Awe that sucks! Get well soon.
Google “nylon sanding mop”, that might help you.

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bigblockyeti

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#7 posted 03-16-2016 01:43 PM

I sounds like you’re looking for a Makita 9741. You can install sanding drums, brushes, flap sanders & rotary scotch brite pads.

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AZWoody

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#8 posted 03-16-2016 03:28 PM



I sounds like you re looking for a Makita 9741. You can install sanding drums, brushes, flap sanders & rotary scotch brite pads.

- bigblockyeti

I’ve seen that but the price is pretty high for what I’m needing right now.

A drill with brush might be what i have to do if i can’t make a brush spindle to fit the spindle sander. I have a couple motors so maybe I’ll have to make a diy version.

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#9 posted 03-16-2016 03:45 PM

I would have to agree, it is pretty expensive and while I’d like to have one it would have to be a screaming deal based on how much I think it would be used.

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sepeck

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#10 posted 03-16-2016 04:08 PM

If you do a search for Drillbrush on amazon, there is a company that sells … brushes for drills. I had a problem with hard water build up and one of their pads worked great. Might be delicate enough for your needs.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019BBZ2I8/ref=s9_hps_bw_g121_i2

Just a thought.

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Kelly

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#11 posted 03-17-2016 12:09 AM

I would think hard about just buying two good pillow blocks, a 12” rod, a light motor and a few wire wheels. You could set up a feather board over the bar to press the boards against the wheels and just run the boards over the top.

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