Mop sander

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by bullhead1 posted 07-08-2012 02:40 PM 4006 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View bullhead1's profile


228 posts in 2272 days

07-08-2012 02:40 PM

I do some relief carving and just don’t like all the hand sanding. I’ve been looking at the sanding mops at Rockler and wonder it anyone has use one and if there worth the $$$$?

5 replies so far

View Raymond Thomas's profile

Raymond Thomas

189 posts in 2241 days

#1 posted 07-08-2012 03:42 PM

It depends on how deep and how aggressive you want to get with the relief you are carving out. If you are going deep, and if you have a 4-1/2” angle grinder – you might want to check out the “King Arthur Tools Lancelot Woodcarving Disc” at Woodcraft. They are available in 14 tpi, 18 tpi and 22 tpi. Being that they are made with a chain saw style cutting teeth – they can be resharpened very easily. Use the link below.

Chainsaw Carvers

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

View Fred Hargis's profile

Fred Hargis

4998 posts in 2516 days

#2 posted 07-08-2012 06:11 PM

I bought a mop sander from Klingspor when I was putting in a new stair rail with about 130 balusters at our old house. These were stock (factory made) balusters I bought at HD, and I wanted them smooth for finishing (red oak). Chucked that sucker up in the drill press and started working on them….huge disappointment. It did very little to help take some of the roughness out of them, I wound up going back to hand sanding (ugh!) That mop is still in my danding supplies drawer, haven’t used it since (about 6 years ago).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

View AHuxley's profile


663 posts in 3344 days

#3 posted 07-08-2012 06:21 PM

@Fred Even though you may only do it once balusters are really a “production” job. You needed the much larger heads designed for running on a fixed shaft, Klinspor makes some excellent ones, I think they start at about $100, the perfect tool would be a Sandrite or at least a Sandrite head but they aren’t cheap. One other consideration is the faster you spin any of these rotary sanding heads the higher the effective grit you have, the general rule is at least 1 grit down from what you would hand sand with, usually two.

View a1Jim's profile


117115 posts in 3600 days

#4 posted 07-08-2012 06:35 PM

I think this brush sander would do the job but it’s a lot more money than a mop sander.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View SASmith               's profile


1850 posts in 3010 days

#5 posted 07-08-2012 08:54 PM

Not sure if this will work for you, but there are some DIY mop sanders on lumberjocks.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics