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    Power Sanding Alternatives

    I took a bowl turning workshop awhile ago (will post the "first bowl" pic when I get home and can take a decent picture),

    We power sanded the bowls using cordless drills.

    The only drill I have is a beast and I can't imagine doing a lot of sanding with it. I don't really want to buy another drill, so what are the alternatives?


    Does this make sense?

    http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/st...e_sander?Args=

    Jay

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    I haven't used one of those units yet, but I've been thinking about it. I was in my "local" Woodcraft store (25 miles away) a week ago, and saw this "clone" of the (2") Sorby tool:

    http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid=4859

    At $30, I'm still asking myself why I didn't get it.

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    Hello Kerry,
    Regarding the clone that you saw, did you notice if the pad spins with the rotation of the bowl like the Sorby does? Thanks

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    Yes, it's definitely a "spinner".

    (Funny that they don't mention that anywhere in the catalog description. Maybe they figure that everybody intutively "knows" that?)
    Last edited by Kerry Burton; 09-28-2007 at 05:42 AM. Reason: Added extra "observation"

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    I have the Monster Tools version of the "sandpaper on a stick". I use it for things that I can't get to with my 2" Grex pneumatic ROS. The Monster Bowl Sander (as it's called) doesn't have the articulating head that some of the others do, but it's made of a beefy chunk of steel, with a comfortable handle.

    Here's a link...it's a little ways down the page:

    http://www.monster-wood-tool.com/wst_page7.php

    I think power sanding is a better alternative when you can do it, but the sandpaper on a stick is my second choice.
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    I know you said you didn't want to buy another drill, but these close quarters drills from harbor freight work great for sanding and are very inexpensive.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92956

    Use this with one of the hook and loop sanding setups from craftsupplies or packard and it makes for a pretty inexpensive power sanding setup. When I bought mine they were on sale for $14 so I bought two because I thought they probably wouldn't last very long. But that was a year ago and the first is still going strong and the other is still new in the box.
    Last edited by Curt Fuller; 09-29-2007 at 01:53 AM.

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    Curt

    You're the man! That is a great price, even at $20 -- of course I drove right by a harbor freight today.

    Jay

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    Jay I got a C-man 90* angle drill with the hook and loop sanding outfit. They work pretty good. I will probably do like Curt did the next time but of course the C-man has been going now for 2 yrs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Fuller View Post
    I know you said you didn't want to buy another drill, but these close quarters drills from harbor freight work great for sanding and are very inexpensive.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92956
    ...
    Heck, at that price I'll probably pick one up next time I'm at Harbor Freight. It'd be good backup for when I need to give my poor Kragen Auto air compressor a rest from trying to keep up with my Grex.
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    Well one of you pick me one up and send it over here, I cannot find them here, except for the ones from Makita etc, and then they say it will take two months to order one (Made in Japan? ) and they cost near $300

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