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    Changing a Sanding Disc

    I know many of us have probably seen this method or are aware of it. I know that watching some of my family members do things I have seen the "pros" do often makes it seem more doable. I used to pull the table, use a heat gun, chemicals and so forth to change out a disc. The bulk of the work came from waiting too long to do the job and from cheap discs with poor adhesive qualities. These things make removal a mess and require a lot of clean up. Better quality discs save you money by lasting longer and (more important at change time) coming off cleaner.

    At any rate I just changed this disc in a matter of minutes. Peel off the old disc. Run your hand over the surface to be sure that it is clear of any residue. I then wipe mine with VM&P Naphtha but, the cleaner of your choice will do.

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    I peel back the top half of the plastic exposing the adhesive. I then tuck this folded back half of the disc into the machine and line up the disc. Press the exposed adhesive to get a grip.

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    Rotate the disc to expose the still covered adhesive portion. Peel off the rest of the adhesive covering and press into place.

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    I then sand something briefly and run the rubber cleaner across the surface to make sure things are seated.

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    Thanks Glenn. I have yet to change the paper on my sander so this will come in handy.

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    kinda off topic here glenn, but where do you use the disc sander vrs your edge sander?
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    I find the disc works better for me when rough shaping, rounding a corner or "adjusting" a miter when the material to be removed is more than I want to do completely by hand with a shooting board. The table to disc relationship can be set pretty precisely so, it is handy for accurately sizing small parts as well. I also have a sort of jig I rigged up that allows me to sand what will become exposed end grain in a manner that leads to a finished surface (G&G style finger joints for example).
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 02-06-2014 at 01:45 PM.
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