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Forum topic by finishingfun posted 08-15-2013 07:34 AM 1205 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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2 posts in 1950 days

08-15-2013 07:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sanding

Hello. Im a finisher specifically in the feild of stairs and handrailings. As the finisher we are required to complete a full sanding prior to finishing. Unfortunatly the installers will not properly sand the nosings before mounting the spindles, leaving us to sand out cross grains and deveations by hand. I have tried detail sanders but the all seem to leave “z” pattern sanding marks. Would anyone know of a mechanical sander narrow enough to get between spindles.

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34 posts in 1963 days

#1 posted 08-15-2013 01:35 PM

Not sure what density you are working with on the spindles but these exist:

Just search for “bandfile” or “detail belt sander”.

If you used a high enough grit and didn’t push too hard, seems like it would be alright.

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#2 posted 08-15-2013 02:00 PM

I have used an oscillating multi-tool. cut the teeth off an old blade cut some sticky backed sand paper to size and go to it.
I do believe this is the only place I have found that a variable speed model will be useful. Running at full speed it is possible to start a friction fire if stay in one place too long.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 08-15-2013 04:22 PM

Festool / Merca / Fein

all work rather well but rather pricey

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#4 posted 08-18-2013 12:43 PM

Get a cabinet scraper. It’s so much easier and faster to remove cross grain scratches.

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#5 posted 08-18-2013 03:19 PM

Get some Bondo smear it all over, sand it slick and toss the finish on. Tell’em it was the best you could do with what they gave you to work with.Maybe the useless F** will get the point.

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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