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best way to sand/plane thin small pieces

Hey, What is the best way to sand or plane thin, small pieces for boxes and box dividers?

I am thinking about a sanding disk for the table saw, so I can run the piece against the fence.

I have a cheap disc sander on the side of a table top belt sander, but it is not at all stable or consistent. The orbital sander does not give me smoothe consistent thickness.

Any thoughts? Thanks.
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The best tool for that job is a drum sander. The worst is probably the table saw disk sander.
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I use a Performax. for very thin pieces, simply use an appropriate FLAT backer.
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I have a performax 16-32 and a 22-44 pro. I actually like the little sander better. They are great tools for what you described. I would recommend a jet 16-32 any day.
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Those minidrum sanders look really cool. But I am looking for a method less pricey. Maybe a jig of sorts?
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Hey, What is the best way to sand or plane thin, small pieces for boxes and box dividers?

I am thinking about a sanding disk for the table saw, so I can run the piece against the fence.

I have a cheap disc sander on the side of a table top belt sander, but it is not at all stable or consistent. The orbital sander does not give me smoothe consistent thickness.

Any thoughts? Thanks.
I normally do as much sanding as possible before resawing the wood into thinner pieces.
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A planer sled might work.
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How wide are the pieces? If they're just an inch or two you could probably jig something up with a drill press and a sanding drum. I'd be wary about using a thickness planer with an axillary table, its pretty easy for a thin piece to get sucked into the blades. The table saw sanding disc is a bad idea

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I think the easiest method would be to do it with a hand plane and a jig unless you have a ton to do. If you want to see an example check out the "Eleven Grooved Box" episode of the Woodwright's Shop - it is available free on the PBS website. He uses a few jigs in the episode to accurately size small parts with hand planes.
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I have a small piece of granite and use a spray adhesive to glue sand paper down, I then sand it by hand. Be sure to swap your work piece end for end often or you will sand it uneven.

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I use doubleback tape and put the strips on another board and send it through the planer
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I'd go with a manual method for small stuff. Power tools seem like overkill here. A decent plane and jig to hold the piece down will make quick, precise work of it. If done right, minimal or no sanding required.
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I make a jig and use my edge sander. I do this to get something from, say 1/4" to 1/8". Then I finish sand by hand. The same jig holds the piece while I hand sand too.
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I use doubleback tape and put the strips on another board and send it through the planer
ditto, works great unless the wood is highly figured.
A router sled would work too.
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How wide are the pieces? If they're just an inch or two you could probably jig something up with a drill press and a sanding drum. I'd be wary about using a thickness planer with an axillary table, its pretty easy for a thin piece to get sucked into the blades. The table saw sanding disc is a bad idea
Some are small and thin, I think you're right about the planer, though I have never used a sled.

Have you tried the sanding disc? It does seem like too much, and too fast, maybe it burns?
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I think the easiest method would be to do it with a hand plane and a jig unless you have a ton to do. If you want to see an example check out the "Eleven Grooved Box" episode of the Woodwright's Shop - it is available free on the PBS website. He uses a few jigs in the episode to accurately size small parts with hand planes.
I'll see if I can find that! Whenever I look at that show, I always wind up watching a few extra episodes.
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I use doubleback tape and put the strips on another board and send it through the planer
that would be better than nothing, but I prefer the Performax as when I am creating super thin pieces, nothing works as accurately and "non-destructively" as the Performax. Running bubinga thru my planer is an invitation to ruining the wood, due to the varied grain direction. Chip out often occurs in the planer, unlike most other woods I use. I've learned to not get too close to the final thickness using the planer. Now I more quickly move to the Perfomax for thicknessing, down to the desired thickness.
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Some are small and thin, I think you're right about the planer, though I have never used a sled.

Have you tried the sanding disc? It does seem like too much, and too fast, maybe it burns?
The sanding disc I can see very ease creating a situation where you get past the first half of the disc, the back catches and whips the piece straight into your face. Not to mention all the cross grain scratches.

http://straightrazorplace.com/worksh...ss-sander.html
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use a Flatmaster sander

You can buy or make one like this:
http://www.woodline.com/p-2590-flatm...cessories.aspx

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The sanding disc I can see very ease creating a situation where you get past the first half of the disc, the back catches and whips the piece straight into your face. Not to mention all the cross grain scratches.

http://straightrazorplace.com/worksh...ss-sander.html
Try something like that
That looks like just the right thing. Thanks, I'll give that a try!
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