|Forum topic by Rob||posted 08-22-2014 08:37 PM||1105 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
08-22-2014 08:37 PM
My random oscillating sander took quite a beating when my wife used it to sand the paint off the travel trailer that we’re converting into a concession stand. The replacement parts will cost just as much as what I paid for the sander in the first place.
I’m trying to decide whether to go ahead and replace the sander (and if so, I’d upgrade to a better one), or give planing and scraping a shot. I get the impression that a smoothing plane and cabinet scraper can actually give you better results in the same time or less, compared to sanding. Does that sound realistic, or am I dreaming?
On the other hand, I don’t want to further agitate the repetitive stress injuries I’ve sustained in my hands (precursor to carpal tunnel) by working as a software engineer for the past 12 years, and it looks like using a traditional card scraper for very long would be murder on my hands. I’d probably consider a scraper plane but even that might not be easy enough on my hands.
Any opinions? What works best for you, and what is the least rough on your hands?
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