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Forum topic by InstantSiv posted 03-14-2015 05:45 PM 896 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2015 05:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig question

What I need:

1. Sand face
2. Flush up 2 joining pieces
3. Round over a corner

It looks like a v-drum sander can do what I need and it would be able to do it all at once. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca2a_IDMkuk

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Question is I have an extra ROS sander laying around… do you think that would work in place of a drum? Kind of mounting it like a table mounted router and have an infeed and outfeed? The piece I need sanding is only 2.5” wide so the ROS sander is wide enough.

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Right now I’m basically hand using a ROS around the piece.


Could it work mounting it and moving the piece?

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EDIT Better pic

Green: Regular sanding
Light Blue: Flush sand joints(where the 1×3s meet)
Red: Round over corner


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#1 posted 03-14-2015 06:35 PM

Do not believe it will work as well you expect due to the rotation of the sanding pad pushing your piece in different directions. It you have a drill press, how about using a spindle mounted drum sander with a fence.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 03-14-2015 06:53 PM

ROS is not accurate enough to create the detail you want. I just don’t think that they were made for that type work.
Bill

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#3 posted 03-14-2015 08:04 PM

ROS don’t have the ability to remove much material at all even compared to a V-drum sander, unless you’re talking about a monster used for refinishing floors. Delta made one (model 31-750) that looks to be on the same base as their spindle sander, I suspect it would still be quite a bit more powerful than most hand held ROS.

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#4 posted 03-15-2015 01:01 AM

@pjones: I was thinking that a fence would add some stability so the piece isn’t pushed around. I have thought about a drill press but the piece is 2’x4’ so I would have to build a big table to support the piece. The other thing is that this idea needs to be a stand alone tool and I don’t have any free drill presses. I would have to purchase one so if I’m having to spend money I think I’d rather build a v-drum sander for this purpose.

@Bill White: Can you explain why you mean by detail?

@bigblockyeti: There’s my tool right there! Damn that they don’t still sell those. I don’t need for it to remove material like a jointer. I need it to sand the faces, flush the joint(two mating pieces), and rough over the 4 corners. The ROS is capable of it… it’s just that it’s a pain in the butt to do all those tasks by hand. Looking for an easier way.

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#5 posted 03-15-2015 01:28 AM

OK, this suggestion is way out of the box; if you have a router, attach it to a variable speed control, really slow, and use a 1/4 ” spindle mounted drum sander that way you can use the surface of your sheet to sand the edge of the sheet. Or if you have a router table that way the sheet can lay on the table and you can use the fence as a quide to sand the edge.

It will be tough to stand the 2’ x 4’ sheet up on edge if you use a v-drum even with a fence. V-Drums are designed more for face surfaces vs edges unless working with narrower pieces.

What you really need is a Portable Spindle Sander like this.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#6 posted 03-15-2015 02:18 AM

@pjones46: It’s not a sheet. It’s 1×3s glued and screwed together and the overall size is 2’x4’. Sorry for the horrific drawing and confusion :)


Here’s the piece I’m talking about.

Green: Regular sanding
Light Blue: Flush sand joints(where the 1×3s meet)
Red: Round over corner

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That portable sander was $260 back in 2006. That would be like $1000+ today lol.

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