Dang I hate sanding!

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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 05-24-2013 05:12 PM 1378 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2013 05:12 PM

Just sayin: :-)

ROS with dust collector connected to it. Air filtration unit running on high. Box fan/filter running on high. A good dust mask in place. UGH!

The end result is worth the effort, but Dang I hate sanding!!! :-)
Just sayin’

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 05-24-2013 07:26 PM

I’m with you, bro. I’m in the process of sanding end-grain cutting boards. I hate it too, but iut’s a necessary evil, right?

The dust mask is critical. What do you use? I just use 3M paper ones and I’m looking for a better one.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#2 posted 05-24-2013 08:04 PM

I been using my planes / scrapers more often these days, to cut down on some of the sanding. But yeah, I agree… sanding is my least favorite part of the process.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#3 posted 05-24-2013 09:28 PM

“The dust mask is critical. What do you use?”

Mike I have the 3M dual cartridge half face mask=. It works well but hard on my glasses, as is just about any type of mask. Can’t see without ‘em though.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 05-24-2013 09:41 PM

Sanding big production stuff sucks, that’s true. OTOH, with little projects, I just pull up an easy chair, set the box fan up to blow across my knees, throw a movie in the DVD player, and grab some paper. Dust collection consists of sweeping up downwind of the fan when I’m done. Sometimes sanding can be a contemplative art.

I’m in the process of building a filter holder for the fan. At that point I’ll move upwind. I’m adding a chute I can sand over that should let me pull the fine stuff right out of the air too.

-- Don

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#5 posted 05-24-2013 10:22 PM

Festool has a remedy for you.

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#6 posted 05-24-2013 10:38 PM

Spend a little money on a smoothing plane and skip a bunch of the grits. Of course, it needs to be relatively straight grained wood, but if you get a really awesome plane, it’ll handle a lot of the tough grain too.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#7 posted 05-24-2013 11:16 PM

A good down-draft table helps too.

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#8 posted 05-25-2013 12:11 AM

I am building a microwave stand. So, I was scraping, then sanding the edges after I cut and rounded the edge of the top.

More sanding for the shelves, and the drawer pieces which I created from scrap maple then planed down to size.

I wish I had room for a downdraft table but right now I am full up. Still got to leave walkway through the garage for the little lady, who has apparently forgot how to use the front door! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 05-25-2013 04:25 AM

I hate sanding also, my solution is Rachel, my oldest daughter, she has always been a Daddy’s girl and still likes to be in the shop with me. I just say “hey Rachel, these pieces are ready to sand” and she sands them.

-- Bob in Washington State

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#10 posted 05-25-2013 08:10 AM

The BEST sanding reducer I ever bought…...........................

-- mike...............

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#11 posted 05-25-2013 01:02 PM

There are 4 truths in life: death, taxes, hating sanding and more “what table saw to get?” threads.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#12 posted 05-25-2013 01:07 PM

I FINALLY got around to building a downdraft table that sits on the top of my bench. Simply used 1 by 4 construction with a stiffener in the middle, with a pegboard top and some thin foam glued to the bottom of the 1 by’s to keep it steady on the table and seal it. 2 1/2 outlet on the back for my vacuum. Can’t do big doors or anything like that, but it worked way better than I thought.
Also, with a lot of my sanding, I am now favoring the Bosch Hepa filter ROS units. Own two of them now, can actually see the dust run back into the unit that escapes the circle of paper.
Also got two Grizzly units in the ceiling, forming a circle of air. Never ceases to amaze me how much dust gets into those filters.
And lastly I have paper face filters with the little valve on the front. Get them at Lowes. OK for sanding. Have to use the MSA approved mask for spraying. Gawd, what a hobby!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#13 posted 05-25-2013 01:54 PM

I use the Mirca ROS sander. Using their sandpaper, it is virtually dust free if hooked up to a vacuum

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#14 posted 05-26-2013 01:03 AM

I no longer hate sanding since I bought my Dynabrade ROS and use Abranet discs. Hooked to the dc, it is virtually dust free (and FAST).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 05-26-2013 10:28 AM

I hit everything possible with a cabinet scraper and then touch up where needed with sanding. Less dust, quieter, faster, and cheaper.

-- PaulMayer,

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