Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: In praise of the lowly PC Profile Sander….

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Posts
    1,099

    Thumbs up In praise of the lowly PC Profile Sander….

    Everyone like to bad mouth these sanders but the thing works when you need it. I’m in the process of making a couple of small Cremation boxes that have routed profiles on the Lacewood end grain. After spending several minutes finger sanding and not making much headway, I remembered that I had a PC detail sander tucked away somewhere. It’s probably been 3 years since I last used it but it’s making short work of my profile sanding.

    I know that it's not a Festool or Fein but it does the job!
    "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
    friend...if you have one."
    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
    one."
    --Winston Churchill, in response




  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Fort Washington, PA
    Posts
    180
    I never really used my profile sander much either, mainly because I found that the sandpaper doesn't last long at all since you're only using a small area of it. However, it's one of those tools that when you need it, no other tool will do the job as well or as quickly, and doing it by hand can be tedious and even painful after an hour or so of sanding tiny areas.
    Build it Break it Fix it ...repeat

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Topeka KS
    Posts
    118
    please forgive my ignorance but what is a pc profile sander?
    Als ik kan

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,020
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Gager View Post
    please forgive my ignorance but what is a pc profile sander?
    Here you go Mike:

    Amazon link
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Rudolph, WI
    Posts
    26
    I agree with you. I think the PC profile sander has gotten a bad rap just like the RotoZip because people are trying to use the tool for jobs that it wasn't intended to do.
    I think for what it was intended to do, it works great.
    BTW, I've made some 'wooden attachments' for mine to use for specialized sanding like when I had to sand the edges of some slats I made a flat piece of wood that I screwed to one of the adapter plates. I then could glue some sandpaper to the wood with spray glue and it made quick easy work out of the job.
    Jim

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Topeka KS
    Posts
    118
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Here you go Mike:

    Amazon link

    geezz i was trying to figure out what pc was lol thanks vaughn!
    Als ik kan

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    810
    I dabble with antique tube radios and sometimes I have to work on a cabinet. I have found that for the rare time that I have to sand a trim profile to match a cabinet after some repair, the PC sander works very nicely. Could I do the same thing by hand? Probably, but I'd really rather spend that time working on the radio chassis - hand sanding trim and keeping it straight and uniform is time consuming and boring to me (maybe not to everyone)... I'm not sure that my PC sander is very high quality, but for what I paid for it, I'd say I'm getting my moneys worth.

    cheers

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Waterford, MI
    Posts
    773

    Shameless thread hijack

    The first $40 (+shipping) can have mine (the non-VS model). Haven't used it in 10 years or so.
    --------------------------------------------
    Link to my ongoing ClearVue DC Install on CV's site: http://www.gallery2.clearvuecyclones...s-Mini-CV1400/

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    WNY, Buffalo Area
    Posts
    873
    For whatever reason, alot of people don't like them. I have one (the non-VS). I don't use it very much, but when I do, I'm glad I have it. I use the diamond shaped pad much more often than the profiles. My only real complaint about it is that it is just a bit too big for my hand to comfortably grasp for any period of time.
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.
    www.tinyurl.com/thewoodshoppe

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Inside the Beltway
    Posts
    2,666
    "the PC profile sander has gotten a bad rap just like the RotoZip"

    Are you kidding? The roto-zip is the best thing since sliced brioche! You wouldn't believe the contortions I went through before I got mine! Now, quick, easy, no problem. If you're reworking an old house, it is without parallel!

    Don't have a detail sander, but, then, I don't have details to sand, either...

    Thanks,

    Bill

Similar Threads

  1. In Praise of the Parrot Vise
    By glenn bradley in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 09-20-2015, 09:13 PM
  2. Aahh, The Lowly Harmonica
    By Dan Mooney in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 05-05-2013, 03:31 AM
  3. More praise for Rikon
    By Rennie Heuer in forum New Tools
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-29-2010, 05:25 PM
  4. Praise to MLCS
    By Dan Mooney in forum New Tools
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-23-2010, 12:08 AM
  5. Praise for Lee Valley
    By ken werner in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-10-2007, 04:13 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •