Anyone using one of these....I have the HF version and use it to sand weld beads flush with out goughing.....will see how it works on boards..... have to make my own course belts but thats not hard with GG....
Post by vilanobeachsurf on Apr 17, 2012 15:02:55 GMT -5
Man that sander seems a bit too narrow to me for a big wide surfboard, might do some gouging (although it looks like it would do great on welds!). I am just now getting to the point where I will start fine-tuning the shaping of the board and I'm planning on using a hand powered plane and sanding blocks. But I haven't done anything like that yet, so I reserve the right to change my mind/opinion.
I have a belt sander, but that bad boy could do some serious damage if I wasn't super careful.
Give it a try on some scrap wood and see how it goes. I have some scraps from the decks that you might want to use...
I have used it on wood and it can be controled with one hand .... light or hard ..... just wondering if any one used anything like it .... thinking of using one of the small high torque motors used in CNC machines and sandwiching in between aluminum plates and running a belt drive to rear roller for a 6' hand belt sander . If I can't find a tool , I will make it !
I'd be careful with this type of sander. If your using cedar its very soft and will guage easily. I use a belt sander for the first pass on the decks to get the glue off and take down ridges between deck panels but I've learned to be very careful to hold it flat against the deck or it will leave deep channels. I do most of my sanding with 1/3 and 1/4 sheet orbitals
I have been using these for a long time ...bought the hi-dollar one and it was stole...Tweeked the HF and it works just as good. taking a piece of 2x2 cedar to work and will find out how it cuts... I use the HF on aluminum bodies...Austin-Healey's, Cobra's ..aluminum and FG...never had a problem.... i am designing a 3 x 6" belt sander, 3" wide with a small tooth belt drive..... trying to find a small motor....needs to be 2 1/4" to 3" dia by 3" long, with good torque.... thinking small bilge pump motor...?
Not surprised. Hard to find more than replacement guys. That kind of knowledge is pretty specialized. Might want to try an AC shop. They have electrcians that deal with motors and may have a bit more knowledge.
I have used this type of sander a lot as a boat builder (we call them finger files) and they are great for fast material removal especially in confined spaces, they can also be used for very accurate sanding. however i would be wary of using one on a board, as they can gouge quite easily. i would have thought a sander with a larger contact area (eg, belt sander) would be better, as you would be less likely to create hollows or dips. That said, i am only just about to start my first hollow wood board, so i can not claim to be an expert in the sanding/ shaping department just yet. One warning though, if you do decide to use the finger file, make sure all guards are in place, it is a really good material removal tool as i said, and will make short work of tearing a good size chunks of flesh out of your finger, trust me it hurts!
Tell me about ... lol ... 45 years of house, boat, custom car and motorcycle building, my hands and arms look like I have been a machete fight ...with out a machete !!! I build different than most ....with canoes and kayaks, I lay up to 6 strips and shape. my mind changes a lot and I like the look of the wood that comes from it. i have never had a problem controling this tool.... I have big hands and arms, and a lot of patience. I am trying to design and build a small belt sander that will fit in one hand....right now I have it at 8 x 3.75, if the motor I chose has the power. Will use 1/4" aluminum plate....as i will not pay $500-700 for the plastic crap they sell on the commercial market.