“Hello. My name is Nels, and I hate sanding.”
I enjoy woodwork for the challenge, working with my hands, the practical aspect of making things that are specifically for a use, and list goes on.
I’m currently making 15 Stickley style chairs and I’m getting closer to the sanding stage. After years of making all the sanding mistakes I currently hand sand with Stickit sanding blocks in 120grit and then 180grit. I have a Performax Supermax 25×2 Drum Sander, but never liked the job it does. When I counted on it to do my 45” wide table (in 2 pieces) it left burns and dips.
My planner is a 15” Makita and it leaves very small planner marks.
To my question:
Who makes a great small sander, single phase, maybe 12” wide? Probably a drum sander. I rarely need anything bigger than 8”, and if I do I’ll bring it to a shop and have them do it. The open end sanders don’t instill any cofidence.