Sander for sanding walnut end grain

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Forum topic by woodworker33 posted 11-15-2014 12:40 AM 1353 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2014 12:40 AM

I’ve been using a belt/disc desktop sander (4”x36”) to sand my walnut end grain pieces (see image) to get rid of the miter sawblade cut marks. I use 220 grit then 320 grit, then I change to hand sanding for final fine sanding.

I was wondering if it’s any better/faster if I got a sander that fits a bigger sanding belt (6”x48”) with more HP. Would that make any difference? Is there another hand technique or machinery that would cut down on this laborious task?

Would a drum sander like this one be beneficial?


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#1 posted 11-15-2014 02:14 AM

If you’re removing sawblade marks, you might want to start with 40/60 grit, then 80, 120 and carry on.

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#2 posted 11-15-2014 05:57 AM

I’ve tried the 80 grit, but it produced these deep horrible lines and I end up sanding even more to get rid of them. Hence, I was wondering if a higher HP sander would work better/faster. Any thoughts?

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#3 posted 11-15-2014 06:04 AM

You start sanding at 80 grit. Make sure you get everything sanded. Then go to 100 grit. Then 120 grit. Then 150 grit. Then 180. Then 220. If you skip to 220 right after 80, you will get lines.

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#4 posted 11-15-2014 06:10 AM

Thanks for the info. However, I do around 20-30 pieces at a time so anything that can be more efficient and speed up the process would be helpful. I have the sander running hours on end, is there another tool that may be better for this?

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#5 posted 11-15-2014 07:36 AM

Can’t say whether the drum sander would be the answer, but I’d point out that Grizzly has the same sander for a lot less than the Jet. (I have nothing against Jet tools, and have a couple of them that I like a lot).

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