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Forum topic by bullhead1 posted 773 days ago 2018 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bullhead1

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773 days ago

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 $$$$?


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Raymond Thomas

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#1 posted 773 days ago

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.

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 773 days ago

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).

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AHuxley

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#3 posted 773 days ago

@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.

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#4 posted 773 days ago

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

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SASmith

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#5 posted 772 days ago

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

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