Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Independence, Or
Shopsmith 5" ROS sanding pads
In another thread, I asked for advice about quality sheets of sand paper for my sheet sander and was recommended the Shopsmith brand. While looking for the sandpaper on eBay, I found a seller listing packs of 15 Shopsmith brand 5" ceramic sanding pads with holes (3 grit sizes included) for my random orbit sander for $7.95.
I received my order yesterday and decided to try a 120 grit pad on my current project - restoring an old kitchen cabinet/cupboard for use in my shop.
The 60" x 36" x 12" cabinet is made from 1x12 cvg fir with 8p nails (not finish nails *sigh*) and has at least 3 layers of paint - the last two in latex. The sides, bottom, and shelves have no paint and the corner joints overlap slightly.
Previously, I had ~3 hours of sanding into the whole cabinet and was less than 1/2 finished.
I started sanding on one of the unpainted sides after removing a few nails and replacing them with wood screws counter-sunk into the wood. The 120 grit paper cleaned the surface of the cabinet with almost no pressure in a matter of moments. I decided to try my luck on one of the corners where the top board lapped the side by ~1/32" (or more). To my great joy, the sander easily sanded the surface flush with less work than I put into a different corner using my belt sander!
I moved on to the the painted surface on the front/top. Previously, I would gum-up the sanding disc with paint in a short period of time. With this disc, I sanded for roughly an hour and removed all of the latex paint without having the clean the disc even once!
All I have left is to sand the areas I patched with wood filler then paint. All of this work was done with a single, 120 grit sanding disc - I could not be happier!
I give these sanding discs an A+ for value, durability, and performance. Last night I decided to order Shopsmith sanding belts for my Porter Cable belt sander. I'll give a review on them after I give them a try.
Last edited by Rileysan; 08-07-2015 at 02:05 PM.