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Forum topic by WardH posted 01-30-2012 10:06 PM 1849 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2012 10:06 PM

This weekend I plan to finish setting up my new Powermatic 14” band saw and Delta 50-760 dust collector. So, it will be time to start my first project.

I would like to cut a profile of a dog out of 3/4 or 5/8 oak. It will be about 8” long and the profile will be “standing” on a 10” by 3” or so base. The based will be notched to hold dog leashes.

What I don’t know is what type of sander I should get to do the sanding of the dog profile? Do I hand sand it, power sand it with a sander using a triangular pad or use a spindle sander? If I hand sand it, would I use files, hand held sandpaper, etc?

I will be using a Timberwolf 1/4” blade that the Woodcraft sales guy said would require little if any final sanding but I can’t imagine not having to do some sanding.

-- Best Regards, Ward

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 10:10 PM

I would want the best blade I could find. When I say best I mean one that leaves very little sanding because most of this will be best accomplished by hand. I don’t do this kind of work but that is my thinking for what it is worth.

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 10:20 PM

If I understand your project right, I would recommend an oscillating spindle sander. I have the Delta and use it frequently, but I hear great things about this Ridgid model.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 10:36 PM

To me sounds like you might need a spindle sander to touch up your edges and use a power sander for top and bottom and then you might want to hand sand it out.

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 11:25 PM

I have the rigid osculating sander with board flattened that comes with it. Use it every project. It is a good buy and more versatile than just a spindle sander.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 12:02 AM

Ridgid oscillating spindle sander if you have plans for multiple projects. Otherwise, a random orbit sander would be helpful. The limitation of a random orbit sander is that it cannot sand tight inside curves.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 01-31-2012 03:50 AM

Sounds like the spindle sander is the way to go. I have been looking at that Ridgid sander for a few weeks. Looks like I now have a good reason to get it.

Many thnks!

-- Best Regards, Ward

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#7 posted 01-31-2012 03:58 AM

I agree with the Ridgid spindle sander. It’s a great tool that you can use for years to come. the same one that Brandon recommended.

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#8 posted 01-31-2012 04:15 AM

I also own one of the Rigid sanders. Haven’t had it too long but I do like it. it does make a lot of dust and a good vacuum does help a LOT. you have to have angles and radius’s that the drums will fit into. makes you look at your designs and patterns.

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#9 posted 01-31-2012 05:36 AM

If you are about to buy your first sander, I hate to see you base your decision on a single project. Do you plan to do a lot of similar projects in the future?

I own 10 different types of power sanders, including both stationary (belt, disk, drum, OSS, and strip) and handheld (ROS, belt, finishing, dremel, and multitool). The single most important type of sander is the Random Orbital Sander (ROS). If I were new to woodworking and could only have one power sander, that is the one I would want.

In most of the previous discussion I assume you are talking about sanding the edge of your cutout. You can do that with hand sanding. If you want to sand the surface of your project, you will want an ROS.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#10 posted 01-31-2012 11:46 AM

I have the Ridgid Oscillating Belt/Spindle sander and it works perfectly. I’m always a little bit concerned about the plastic case, but it hasn’t broken yet. All the accessories are stored right on the sander so they never get lost and are always handy.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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