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01-08-2014 02:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question sander sanding arts and crafts oak

“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.

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 02:37 PM

all depends on your budget. From personal experience I rather doubt your going to find a drum sander or wide belt machine on the cheap. You might be able to find a fold to the wall stroke sander.

Also you might look at the “MIRKA” electric random orbital sander. A whole lot of power in a little box that does an awesome job.

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 02:46 PM

Budget isn’t an issue, but space is. After I wrote that, I thought about a stroke sander. Never used one, but a smaller variety might do the trick. The Time Saver brand has been recomended by several people, but they are hugh and mostly three phase.

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#3 posted 01-08-2014 03:22 PM

You can get a stroke sander in single phase, and they fold up onto the wall. Betting if you shop the auctions, CL, and Kijiji, you might find a deal

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 03:52 PM

I sand by hand. I use a simple block and sandpaper – here's a link to a description (at the end of the posting). I’ve gotten in trouble with power sanders too often where I sand too deep.

One thing that might help is to start with a coarser grit – I’ll will start at 60 if there are deep scratches. If I see scratches after moving to finer grits I go back to the coarser ones and clean them up.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 04:02 PM

That’s what I have been doing, but using a orbital sander for rougher problems. The Stickit paper is a bit expensive, but it works great with the auto body block. It’s just to much work when I have a lot of sanding to do.

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#6 posted 01-08-2014 05:10 PM





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#7 posted 01-09-2014 01:55 AM

I recently made 4 chairs and there is a lot of sanding involved. I can’t imagine making 15, ugh!

I use and like a Festool ROS and will start with 60 grit if warranted, but wonder if something like a Fein Multimaster might save you a ton of sanding time. I used a Bosch multi-tool for a curved door refinish and it worked well. FWIW

-- Art

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#8 posted 01-09-2014 02:11 AM

Get a stroke sander.

You can make one or find a used one. Best bang for the
buck and a versatile machine. Takes some skill…
not a thicknesser but can sand veneers glued to
a substrate.

I have a Woodmaster 12” drum sander. Runs a 4”
drum and has got plenty of power, but I still have
to take tiny cuts with it and it’s not faster than
my Performax S/T, just more predictable and
easier to change paper on due to the short lengths
and the access hole I cut in the top.

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#9 posted 01-09-2014 02:12 AM

I hate sanding, good luck in your sanding adventure,

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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