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Forum topic by Howie posted 02-10-2011 04:05 AM 912 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2011 04:05 AM

I’m doing my homework on drum sanders and here’s the question. Everyone I look at(brand doesn’t matter) state not to use for edge sanding. Now , how narrow are they talking? what about table legs etc? I’m aware of “batching” items but suppose I want to run a single item say 1-1/2”? What’s the consequences in real time?

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#1 posted 02-10-2011 04:14 AM

I wouldn’t worry about anything that’s at least square.

You can do edge sanding if it’s supported from tipping over. For example you can clamp other boards to the sides to increase the area so it won’t tip. And make sure you run it pretty straight and not at a large angle.

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#2 posted 02-10-2011 09:41 AM

An edge sander is a specific kind of belt sander. A drum sander
can’t produce the same kind of result as an edge sander. In practice
a drum sander can be used on the edges of stock, but it cannot be
relied upon to produce the straight, square edges you’d get off an
edge sander.

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#3 posted 02-10-2011 03:04 PM

Thanks for the reply Loren. I do have a edge sander(ridgid). I’ve just been wondering what the big deal about not using a drum on edge is. I also have a sandflea that I turn pieces up on edge(with a fence). My sandflea is the 9” and I’m looking to go bigger now.

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#4 posted 02-10-2011 07:00 PM

Are you talking about a spindle sander? or a thickness drum sander?

I think part of the problem is that if you stop for even a nanosecond when trying to edge sand (with a spindle drum sander) then it will leave an indent. It’s really hard to use as an edge sander and more than likely the mfg’s have gotten so many complaints that they now put this on paper…

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#5 posted 02-10-2011 07:09 PM

You can use a drum sander to do table legs. Don’t batch sand them, or you may have a couple come shooting out of the sander at you. Do them one at a time. Like GaryK said, make sure they’re square before you start or you’ll just magnify the problem.

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#6 posted 02-11-2011 01:33 AM

Childress: I have both a spindle sander,edge sander and a small drum sander. What I’m looking at is a larger drum sander(thickness) I also have jointer and planing mill and need something that will handle wider boards. Something like the 16/32 Jet or 18/36 grizz. I was just wondering why all of them advise against edge sanding as they say it will damage the drum and or paper. I don’t really see how that would make any difference.
Thanks for the reply.

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