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Forum topic by Iggles88 posted 04-11-2012 01:50 AM 1059 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2012 01:50 AM

Hey guys, I have a project coming up where I’m going to be building cathedral style cabinet doors, I’m going to need to sand the rails to match the template. I currently don’t have a oscillating spindle sander or a drill press. I’m planning on buying one of the two. Do you think I should go with the spindle sander? Or go with the drill press and use drum sanders on there? Obviously the oscillating spindle is better for this project but I think I’ll have many more uses for the drill press in the future. Thanks guys.

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#1 posted 04-11-2012 01:56 AM

Drill press. You’ll use it for many, many things…

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#2 posted 04-11-2012 02:25 AM

Drill press. It can be used as a sander and many other things, as well. I have a good sander too, but it won’t drill for sh*t.

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#3 posted 04-11-2012 02:34 AM

one more vote for drill press. once you have one you will wonder how you got along without it. And drum sanding on a drill press is not bad on an ad hoc basis. When it comes time to look at sanders I think the Rigid combo belt/spindle sander is hands down the best tool in its class. But I shouldn’t distract you like that because I would go with the drill press first.

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#4 posted 04-11-2012 02:38 AM

Yea the ridgid was the one I was looking at. I think I’m gonna go with the porter cable drill press, I want a floor standing model and that seems to get great reviews at a good price, I’m going to put a woodpeckers drill press table on it, I could build one but for 100 bucks the price isn’t too bad and will be very functional.

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#5 posted 04-11-2012 02:38 AM

Drill Press without a doubt. Very versitile

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#6 posted 04-11-2012 02:46 AM

Another vote for a drill press, but don’t skimp on the one you order. That is, don’t buy a cheapo harbor freight DP. I’d recommend checking Craigslist for a quality machine unless you have the money to fork over on a nice new model.

You’ll probably still want a Oscillating spindle sander down the road, since a drill press wont do as well of a job—but it should get you by.

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#7 posted 04-11-2012 04:38 AM

Both a new Ridgid combo and a used drill press. I use my oscillating spindle sander more than my drill press.

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#8 posted 04-11-2012 11:54 AM

I’m with Jim, but if I had to choose only one, it would be the drill press.

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#9 posted 04-11-2012 12:45 PM

Get a good drill press. But the cost of the hf spindle sander isn’t.too much more than a decent set of drill press spindles from the box stores and it gets decent reviews.

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#10 posted 04-11-2012 01:04 PM

I have the Ridgid combo sander that they are talking about. I found mine in a pawn shop for $65. It’s great, no doubt, but I use my drill press more. It just depends on what you are doing.

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