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Forum topic by WoodjoeDrillson posted 02-24-2017 03:24 AM 497 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2017 03:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sander spindle jigsaw belt wood lathe

So I’ve been using my jigsaw for some projects and because I’m not great at it yet (I’m okay) and because it’s a jigsaw, I don’t always get the smoothest cuts. Sometimes I have some pretty ugly cuts that I would like to smooth over with a chisel or sander. I have a random orbital sander but I’m guessing this isn’t the best sander to use for the edges. My question is, which sander would be best for rough edges that need quite a bit of work? Would it be a belt sander? Or a spindle sander? Or some other sander? or none at all?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you,


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#1 posted 02-24-2017 01:45 PM

Depends very much on the type of cut. For straight edges or edges with slight convex curves, a belt or disk sander would be my preference. For concave surfaces or faces with tighter curves, a spindle sander would be the better solution.

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#2 posted 02-24-2017 02:01 PM


I agree with HokieKen but do not have a spindle sander. I substitute a sanding drum chucked into the drill press. However, using a sander, rasp, file, or scraper is a slow go. A plane or similar tool like perhaps a spoke shave or curves, would be faster. A plane is easy enough to control, but some care would be required with the spoke shave.

If I need more than one workpiece that has non-straight edges, I like to build a template, using the sanding drum to smooth and fare the curves. I then use a pattern or flush trim bit in the router along with the template to remove mill marks left by the bandsaw or jig saw. If the edges are straight, a straight edge, preferably from wood or a wood-product sheet good, could be used as the router template.

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#3 posted 02-24-2017 05:34 PM

Might consider a hand plane for straight surfaces, spokeshave for curves. May still need some sanding but much less

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