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    Question flap sander

    I am soon going to be needing a good flap sander. It will be used to take the rough spots off of gunstocks after I shape them on my Terrco. This Grizzly
    http://www.grizzly.com/products/G8749 would do the job just fine, or similar items from other companies. My problem is that I have run out of space in the shop for more standing equipment. I would like to mount the wide flapper on my lathe for this operation. I wrote to Grizzly but whoever replied didn't give a satisfactory response as to whether the flapper could be so mounted.
    Anyone here familiar with this item? Is what I want to do a practical concept?

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    Presumably, no one wants to sell you just the flappy bit, prefering to try to get you to buy the whole thing? I think your idea is actually a lot better than theirs, as in a lathe you'll have a lot more controll over how aggressive the cut is and be able to reduce burning problems, both by varying the speed.

    The only similar things I've seen are much smaller, intended for use in a hand-held drill. There are centrifically expanding rubber drums available for lapidary use, but they may still be more rigid than what you want. Metal finishing supplier maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I would like to mount the wide flapper on my lathe for this operation..
    Anyone here familiar with this item? Is what I want to do a practical concept?
    Yes is it practial.
    On web search yesterday saw where a guy made one and had made his own flapper's and located between centers on this lathe.

    Do a Google search for home-made flappers or something like that. If I had a lathe would go that route.

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    Frank, have you seen the Sanding Mop? I've seen the demos, and they look good. More importantly, I've spoken to a few people I respect who also speak highly of it. Mounts in your drill press.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    Frank, have you seen the Sanding Mop? I've seen the demos, and they look good. More importantly, I've spoken to a few people I respect who also speak highly of it. Mounts in your drill press.
    I currently have one of this, about 2" wide, mounted on an old grinder motor.
    Very handy for many things but not as stout as I'll need for the gunstocks. I'd be concerned about putting sideways pressure on the drill press spindle. Dunno if that would be a problem. I'm not a machine or engineering savvy guy, just a concern about using something in a manner it wasn't designed for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I'm not a machine or engineering savvy guy, just a concern about using something in a manner it wasn't designed for.
    Frank, worked in machine shop for 20 years. You are right
    I would not use my drill press in the manner that is suggested.

    A leith would work wonders. Attempted to find that setup where the guy had it mounted between centers on his lathe. Lathe have better bearings and if you think about it
    they have side way pressure put on them all the time.

    Will look again to see if I can find setup this guy had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I would like to mount the wide flapper on my lathe for this operation.
    FOUND IT.......whew, you owe me a coffee.



    Here is the website
    http://home.vicnet.net.au/~pwguild/i-flpsnd.htm


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    Bob, thanks for that, I'll print out for reference.
    Ya'll come by Casa Fusco anytime, ye'll git more than coffee.

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    Frank,
    Did you call COLCO in Memphis looking for the flap attachment

    Greg

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