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sawdustjunkie

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02-02-2015 07:11 PM

I am seeing all of these beautiful boards that everyone is making and am just wondering how many of you are making these without the use of a drum sander?

I guess you could call it a survey!

-- Steve: Franklin, WI


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#1 posted 02-02-2015 07:17 PM

I’ve made a few. Probably would make more if I had a drum sander. The key for me is to make very accurate cuts and lot of care during glue up to minimize the sanding afterward.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 02-02-2015 07:18 PM

Why would I need a drum sander? LOL. I have a few planes and a sanding block and a card scraper.

Oh, I also have a belt sander!

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

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#3 posted 02-02-2015 07:19 PM

I have only made a handful of end grain cutting boards, all without a drum sander. I use a belt sander with a sanding frame that keeps the belt level to the work surface and controls the aggressiveness of the sanding. It also helps prevent any rounding of the edges of the board. I finish with a random orbital sander.

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#4 posted 02-02-2015 07:21 PM

Have made a few, but man i wish i could afford a drum sander

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#5 posted 02-02-2015 07:22 PM

No drum sander but love me some cutting boards.

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#6 posted 02-02-2015 07:42 PM

No drum sander here… but have made a few cutting boards in my day

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#7 posted 02-02-2015 07:43 PM

I have a drum sander now, but I made quite a few using just a belt sander…
Mike

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#8 posted 02-02-2015 07:54 PM



I have only made a handful of end grain cutting boards, all without a drum sander. I use a belt sander with a sanding frame that keeps the belt level to the work surface and controls the aggressiveness of the sanding. It also helps prevent any rounding of the edges of the board. I finish with a random orbital sander.

- Kazooman


Do Tell!!! Can you show us a pictures of your sanding frame set-up?

I haven’t yet made any cutting boards due to this very issue.

Thanks tons!

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gtbuzz

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#9 posted 02-02-2015 07:55 PM

No drum sander, but I’ve made a few cutting boards. Main thing stopping me from making more is I’ve already given them out to everyone I know :)

Edit: forgot to mention though, that I’d LOVE to have a drum sander, just no space.

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sawdustjunkie

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#10 posted 02-02-2015 07:56 PM

i was at Rockler last week and they had a Supermax 19-38 on display, but the price was $1399 plus tax.
I only paid $1700 for my new table saw last June.
Even the Jet 18-36 is $1199 unless you get it during one of their sales.
Those things are very expensive!

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#11 posted 02-02-2015 08:21 PM

I have used the belt sander and the Ros Sander on the few i made. i am planning on building my own drum sander for these types of projects.

-- Chris K

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#12 posted 02-02-2015 09:26 PM

I’ve made two, no drum sander.

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#13 posted 02-02-2015 09:40 PM

I made several before I had a drum sander. Back then I flattened with a router planing jig.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#14 posted 02-02-2015 10:54 PM

I’ve only made one end grain board, so I am by no means an expert.

While a drum sander would be VERY helpful in cutting down time, it is not required. If you plan on pumping a whole bunch out for sale, you might want to think of getting one though.

All I did was make a router sled to flatten the board. The router did leave fine swirl marks, so I hit it with 60 grit on the orbital and just went up through the grits from there and it worked out well.

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#15 posted 02-02-2015 11:23 PM

I’ve made a couple of EGCBs and like others have mentioned, I use some sharp, tuned-up block planes to start, then use my RO sander in increasingly finer grits until I’m happy. I did make one EGCB and used a belt sander in my friend’s shop, and I was impressed enough to start checking prices. Looks like I’ll be using those block planes a bit longer . . .

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