|Forum topic by Prplhrtjarhead||posted 09-04-2012 04:18 AM||1663 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
09-04-2012 04:18 AM
So here I am, getting into the craft on a level that I have really always dreamed of. Over the past year and a half, I have purchased a new 10” cabinet table saw (Craftsman), Grizzly 13” planer, Grizzly 16” Scroll, Porter Cable Router, Drill Press and various other small hand tools as well as a router table and some untility tables.
Up until now, most of my woodworking has been along the lines of handyman stuff, with the exception of redesigning our entryway and stairs, then redoing it all in oak,
Tonight while working on my first cabinet project, it is actually more of a simple 3-shelf cubby, I realized I have a tool issue.
The cubby is designed as a space filler to fill a void in between a vanity and linen cabinet our sons’ bathroom. It’s a small bathroom that had to be hastily remodeled after a water pipe burst this spring, and after my wife picked out the replacement cabinetry, without going custom, we found no matter what we chose, we had a gap that just doesn’t work. So I decided to make this cubby to fill that space and join the two pieces together.
Anyway, enough background. As I completed the face from maple, I knew I would have to give the piece a good sanding. And as I began to do so, I found out how lacking my 1/3 sheet Black & Decker sander is. Lacks power, but also, the power switch is in an awkward position that finds my large hands frequently bumping it and powering it off in mid-motion.
I have no other power sanding equipment and I am not ready to invest yet in a drum sander, as I am unsure it will be necessary for me. Much of the sanding I will need to do will be on smaller pieces as I plan to make military type pieces, think footlocker and smaller. I am not sure I really need a belt sander either, but maybe one of you can tell me why I might with what I am planning to focus on in my wood working.
So, my dilemma is this: I need a good compliment of sanding equipment but have never given it much thought previously. What is a good small, palm type sander and something a littler larger, say the 5” round random orbit type. Or, if there is something that is a good all around sander, that is both small yet powerful, I’d love to hear about that too.
Please help. I have come to a cross roads, where I know I am now seriously in need of an upgrade in something but have no idea about what or where I should head. (Please, don’t recommend anything Black and Decker. I will not pay it any mind. I am just not impressed with anything they do for sanding equipment.)
Thanks in advance for the advice.
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