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post #1 of 4 Old 02-18-2008, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Best sander for the job

I am building log furniture and I like to leave the knots on the logs as much as possible but this leaves a very uneven surface to sand smooth. I am using an orbital sander with hook and loop sanding discs. I am certainly going through the discs but the real problem is the head on the sander, I have already in two beds have had to sand down the head and glue on another hook/loop piece twice. Is there a better sander for this type of work?
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-18-2008, 09:15 AM
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Have you looked at the stainless steel "sandpaper" discs?

Here's a link to a product that may be helpful:
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I use a random orbital sander also, except I use the sticky back discs. I do a tremendous amount of sanding, and usually the only issue I have is that after awhile the discs wont stick to the pad very well. Easily fixed by cleaning the pad with rubbing alcahol and a paper towel.


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If you have fairly large knots the best bet might be a belt sander, with a coarse belt to get the knots down to the level of the rest of the log. Then you could smooth with your orbital sander.

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