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    I think I just found my new shop investment


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    Rich check out the cost of the sandpapef that makes up the head. I bought one of those sanding mops ar a show but the refills and length of time it lasted were not cheap neither did they lasrt long. Things could have changed tbough.

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    I have the mop that fits in the drill press or hand drill. They have many grits. I chose 220. It is great for sanding. You may remember I mentored a HS kid's project---making a desk. We sanded every thing except the top of the desk using the mop. It worked great!

    We ended up with nice soft corners of the legs, stiles, etc. Left us virtually no hand sanding.

    Original set up with sanding paper cost about $45.oo unless you are lucky like me. I ordered one from Sears. The delivery company said that they could not find my house and so they returned it. I called Sears. They said I would get a refund. That was about 3 months ago. With their automated phone system I could not find a correct number to press for my problem and I could not get a live person. So mine cost $90.oo because I purchased another one elsewhere.

    Sandpaper refills and different grits come separately and, of course, the refills are much less expensive. However, I cannot remember the price on the refills.

    It is more expensive than sheet sandpaper. However, it can do hours of sanding in minutes.

    The sandpaper grit acts like it is more aggressive than the same grit on a sanding block. I am going to get another refill in something like 360 or 400.

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    I think that is pretty darn cool I'm really surprised that it doesn't knock off the crisp edge of the molding.
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    I did not edit my post but i see it came out wrong.


    I meant to say check out the price of the sand paper it AINT cheap when that head has to be replaced and mine did NOT last long. And that was a mop.

    http://www.stockroomsupply.ca/shop/m.../msrefill.html

    $130 for a refill of saning paper oh boy.
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    The guy was saying he had already run 10000 feet of molding through that head before doing this demo. If he is in fact accurate and if it only got 10000 feet thats only 0.013 per foot. not that expensive when you work out how many sanding sheets you go through sanding moldings.

    Personally, I don't know about getting that much yield from a single mop but if you dont sand pitchy gummy woods they should last a long time.

    The sanding strips on my 38" wide drum sander last me a long long time before I have to discard them as long as I dont try to clean up glue runs or hog out too much stock in one pass which ruins the paper.

    I would be surprised if I ran that much molding in a year though. but after sanding that crown the other day it really made sense to have one as I could have been done in a fraction of the time.

    It would be great if I could rig it to the outfeed of my shaper so the power feeder would handle both and I would have a finished piece of trim in one shot!

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    I make my own replacement sandpaper for my sanding mop.

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    I use these pieces of 1/4" MDF for a template

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    I sandwich the sandpaper between the MDF and use packing tape to hold it together. I cut the slots on the bandsaw with and old blade. If you use a good one it'll be an old one when you get finished!

    Here's a couple of pics showing the dimensions of the MDF pieces.

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    I use the mop to sand my shaker boxes. It works great on the curves.

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    That's awesome! Thank you for sharing that! Now I finally have a use for the off cuts I get from my wide drum. The rolls that donw quite work out even and I have a foot or two left over.

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    clever idea john
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    No problem. I borrowed the idea from somewhere.

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