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Forum topic by paulB2 posted 03-26-2012 03:58 AM 3192 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2012 03:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question sander sanding

I’ve got about 800 sq ft of redwood 2×6 decking in my CA back yard that needs work. The wood is still in decent shape but has been pressure washed enough that the grain is now raised ridges (1/16”-1/8”) that has created danger of slivers for fast-moving grandchildren. I am planning to completely reconfigure my back yard landscape / layout—including the decks—in a couple of years and don’t want to spend a bundle on composite deck material right now.

25 years ago I rented a drum sander to try to refinish my prior deck and it was a complete waste…until I built a stand to mount it upside down and run the boards across it like a table sander (what can I say? I was more energetic than smart).

What I am thinking about doing now is buying a sander or jointer and running the boards through it and simply reinstalling them. I’ll probably re-sell the machine when I’m done with it. I need the smart guys here to recommend a good tool for this job. Many of my deck boards are 16’ long so feeding them is going to be a challenge.


-- Paul B, Northern California

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 04:36 AM

About 15 yeas ago, I ripped out my redwood deck and doughboy pool, completely relandscaped the back yard and built a “new” deck. Since many of the old deck boards were still usable, I bought a Delta lunchbox planer, set it up in the yard, and started milling redwood.

I managed to salvage almost enough boards for the new deck and only had to buy a few new boards. I also got a huge pile of redwood shavings that got tilled into the new lawn.

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 12:23 PM

How about buying or making a scraper plane?

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 04:39 PM

Belt sander is how i know,i would go with the thickness planer idea,touch up with a sander.good luck.

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 01:07 AM

Good ideas all. Thanks, gents!

-- Paul B, Northern California

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 02:01 AM

Can you turn em over ? BTW this has become a common scenario with the onset of the home owned preasure washer.

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