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#1 posted 11-27-2017 04:22 PM

+1 on the Abranet. It works miracles on end grain boards. Note that you need a special backer pad to use it with most other brands of ROS. The adapter pad they sell has tons of holes in it, but there was not a perfect match to my ROS. I used a hole punch to add the necessary holes to get optimum dust removal.

As to the drum sander, have you tried feeding the piece in different orientations? Send it through turned 90 degrees and at an angle. I put my boards through several times without lowering the drum at the finish. You can still hear the drum making slight contact.

Another thought. Be certain to clean the paper on the drum occasionally with one of those big “erasers” made for the job. Pieces of grit stuck in the build up on the paper can create the scratches you are dealing with.

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