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DouginVa

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534 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question tip sander carving tool shaping

Not too long ago my daughter made a great dumpster dive find in a teak Scan chair. She took it to her apt and eventually the plywood in the upholstered seat succumbed to dry rot and disintergrated. She brought it home asking if I could repair the chair. Instead of trying to copy what it had on, a upholsterd seat on a curved laminated piece of plywood I decided to try my first seat carving. To give you a visual of what I’m describing here is the end result:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/77590

Anyway, my question is this: After carving out the seat with an angle grinder and different grades of grinding discs (I used the Holey Galahad wheels) I was left with a seat that required a lot of hand work in smoothing and sanding.

I will not use a random orbit sander on a shaped seat. I don’t want to round over the pad on it’s outer edges. Can anybody recommend a sanding disk attachment that I can use with my drill to speed up the process.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........


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mbs

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#1 posted 534 days ago

I can’t imagine sanding the seat without a ro sander.

You can get interface pads that mount to your RO sander. They preserve the original pad by taking the abuse.

Each brand of RO sander may have slightly different density pads. Some makita’s ro sanders have a soft/medium pad that work great for seats. Festool sells different density pads and some very soft pads that attach directly to the hook and loop on the sander.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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Loren

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#2 posted 534 days ago

You should be able to just glue sanding disks to upholstery
foam. I haven’t tried this exactly, but I bet the foam will
stick to the hooks on the pad.

A compound compass plane is a hassle to make, but
it’s one tool for the job. I made one – there’s a pic
of it in the shop made handplanes thread.

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firemanbsa

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#3 posted 534 days ago

Try a curved scraper first to smooth the rough ridges. Then use a flap sander these can be found with a lot of retailers. Klingspoor woodworkers shop has a lot of different abrasive balls and flap sanders that fit in regular drills.

-- parts is parts

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