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    Very Soft Sander?


    A few weeks ago I made this drawing for a little cabinet with live edges. A very generous member whom I won't name (thanks very much, Larry) sent me some walnut with a live edge. The slope on the edges is much shallower than in my drawing which is fine but there's some neat little details--bumps and things like that which I want to keep. I want to sand off the remains of the bark and smooth the edge so it is pleasant to touch so I'm looking for suggestions for a sanding device. I started out sanding by hand and thought about backing the paper with a sponge of some sort but that won't help me get in around the details. What have you used that works?
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    Haven't used one myself, but a sanding mop sounds like it might do the trick.

    Here's some already made:

    http://www.woodpeck.com/sandingmops.html

    And here are instructions for making your own:

    http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f27/m...ing-mop-24022/
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    Thank you. I took your word for it and ordered a mandrel and three different grits from Klingspor.

    We'll give it a shot.
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    a MOP is one of the best sanding rigs i have and am gonna get another for a different grit combo..they will work like a charm on that dave just dont push to hard and actually a high grit is better, that edge is soft.. a steel wire brush will get alot of it.. use a soft touch and you have great results..
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    Thanks, Larry. We'll see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Richards View Post
    Thank you. I took your word for it and ordered a mandrel and three different grits from Klingspor.

    We'll give it a shot.
    I started with a mop on the drill press. I do so many curves and irregular details on my stuff that I have morphed into this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I started with a mop on the drill press. I do so many curves and irregular details on my stuff that I have morphed into this:

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    So.. What are we actually seeing there Glenn (i.e. what is the guts made out of)? Looks like a pretty nifty setup.

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    Those actually look like those old fashioned shoe buffers? Mounted, er, sideways? With longer spindles?

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    i think they are designed for buffing bowls guys,, and glenn just used sand paper mops instead.. look up buffing systems and you will find the motors withlong shafts//
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    So.. What are we actually seeing there Glenn (i.e. what is the guts made out of)? Looks like a pretty nifty setup.
    Two Shop Fox buffing mandrels and a 1HP motor on a stand / assembly I cooked up. I had to punch the sandpaper out to 3/4" to fit the shafts and had to reverse one of the shafts as they are situated back to back. Sorry for the thread jack Dave

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