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I am in the process of making a drum sander to provide accurately dimensioned thin hand cut veneers etc. Researching the designs created on LJ everyone seems to have used regular velcro backed abrasive roll as the sanding medium. I am a great fan of Abranet because of its long life and wide range of “grits” available. I believe that the extra cost of Abranet versus regular abrasive will be more than offset by its longer life. Does anyone have experience of using Abranet on a drum sander and would they recommend it as a viable alternative to regular abrasive?
Thanks in advance for your input.

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#1 posted 547 days ago

Can’t help with that one I’m afraid Jim, I hope someone is able to offer up some useful info.


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#2 posted 547 days ago

Rick…people do that to bump the thread back up to the top so somebody who CAN answer it will see it.

David…google “abranet drum sander?” and you’ll hit some gold, like this SMCreek thread.

-- jay,

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#3 posted 547 days ago

Thanks everyone. Your link, Jay, was quite useful and makes me think Abranet is the way to go. It’s available in 120 grit so it should be ok.
From my perspective, I think that one of the problems with the Forum is that simple, genuine, questions are often swamped down the pecking order by other ritzier items that seem to attract more traffic and responses for whatever reason.
I appreciated David’s comment, even though he did not have a solution, as he is always a very knowledgeable participant on LJs. All I wanted was some thoughts and suggestions from others who might have more experience than me.

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