Hire time on Wide Belt Sander in/near NYC area

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Forum topic by mikeyburger240 posted 04-25-2016 03:17 PM 682 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2016 03:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wide belt sander hire machine time walnut new york city tri-state area question help first big project

Hi Everyone,

Long time reader, first time poster, so if this is in the wrong place I apologize.

I am attempting to build a desk for myself out of walnut and already completed the glue-up. I have been working with a belt sander to flatten the top and am realizing how slow and careful one must be. I have read some older post where people mentioned hiring time on machines, specifically wide belt sanders to help flatten their projects quickly.

Does anyone know of a shop in/around the NYC area that has a wide belt sander that I could hire some time on? My project is 32” wide so it would have to be able to handle that. I also have a car so driving isnt an issue for me.

This is my first large project so I really appreciate the help with this.


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#1 posted 04-25-2016 07:50 PM

Is just the top done? Or is it completly glued up?

I think it best to just sand it yourself. Doesnt have to be perfect. Especially for a desk. Or maybe you can find someone near you from online who is a lumberjock, they might be able to help. Get kids and friends involved in helping you to sand, i hate sanding as well, but it is part of the process.

Good luck. Or hire someone to hand sand it!

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#2 posted 04-25-2016 11:25 PM

It’s actually two tops. The final product will have one directly over the second. The top surface will flip open like a chest top. The idea is to hide my paperwork when not being used.

Nothing but the two tops are glued up yet. I am trying to get them as flat as possible. I completely understand that sanding is part of the process, I am just looking for a way to get it better than I could in a time efficient manner.


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#3 posted 04-26-2016 12:15 AM

I would start calling cabinet shops and hardwood retailers in your area. I have been very pleased farming out drum sanding work in the past.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 04-26-2016 01:45 AM

That’s my next step!

I figured I would reach out here first to see if anyone either was in or knew anyone in the area. I am still holding out hope that someone is out there!


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#5 posted 04-26-2016 02:02 AM

Careful who you have sand the top. I built a Cherry kitchen table about 20 or so years ago. After glue up I delivered the top and leaves to a place to have it sanded/leveled. Ended up coming out of the sander a little less than 1/16” shy on one side. I didn’t notice it until I had applied most of the finish coats, and was assembling the top to the base before applying the final finish coats. It really pizzed me off, but not really anything I could do about it. And I wasn’t compelled to make another top. Table has two 18” leaves and has seen allot the Thanksgivings plus 20 years of general daily use, that has resulted in many character marks. So in the end… it werks LOL.

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#6 posted 04-26-2016 02:27 AM

Woodworkers source if they are in your area. Out west in Tucson they have a 3 drum sander that they charge 80 bucks per hour with 1/2 hour minimum. Both your tops should take no more than 30 minutes to get sanded. Rates there should be close to what is charged out here.

Other than that, local cabinet shops will know who has one if they don’t. ............. Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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