1) How many employees work at your shop?
2) How do you currently purchase abrasives?
3) What brand(s) do you currently use?
4) Approximately what percentage of your total revenue goes towards abrasives?
5) Is there anything that currently frustrates or wish were better you about your abrasive products or the way you purchase them?
6) Is there anything we should know about the current custom woodworking market?
I am a hobby woodworker, so just one person.
I purchase most of my abrasives on-line mostly from the Klingspor site. I like the one-stop shopping for just about all of my abrasive needs.
I use mostly Klingspor since I like the quality, and no surprise, it is the brand the Klingspor site sells.
My first frustration with abrasives was how fast I could ruin a wrap on my drum sander. I then switched to the Klingspor Blue Zirconia product and found this lasts much longer.
My recent frustration has been sanding woodturnings, especially the inside of bowls. This is the first time flat sheets are not the best form. I then purchased the round scalloped discs. Expensive for the small size, and still not a perfect solution. I tried the 3M sanding blocks, but they do not abrade for long. I end up wrapping 2in wide abrasive around the 3M sanding blocks so that I do not burn my hand while sanding.
Has 3M ever thought about abrasive mittens for sanding inside e.g., wood bowls. Need to be insulated, but the flexibility of a mitten may solve my frustrations of sanding inside bowls.
I use abrasives for sanding my wood projects, and also for sharpening my blades/chisels.