Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
The new sanding and scraping
Response To:
Re: Slowness ()

Derek Cohen (in Perth, Australia)
David, I am not a fan of sanding - not simply because it can round off details if one is not extra careful, but because I am wary of dust (which requires attention of its own). Nevertheless, there is a place for sanding, and it can be faster and easier today than yesterday.

The new "sandpaper" is by Abranet, and is actually a mesh.

I have this also for an old Festo (pre-Festool) ROS I have, which is now about 20 years old. This stuff lasts and lasts. Possibly about 10x longer than sandpaper.

Importantly, I find that one can jump grits: go from 120 to 240. This makes for quicker sanding.

I do not do much sanding. A sheet of Abranet can last me a year! I would rather scrape. For fast removing - with very good finish - my choice is the thick scraper I made from the rear of a 3/16"thick O1 plane blade. This is prepared in 15 seconds on an 80 grit CBN wheel on a grinder ..

You must try this if you have not done so before!

Regards from Perth

Derek

© 1998 - 2017 by Ellis Walentine. All rights reserved.
No parts of this web site may be reproduced in any form or by
any means without the written permission of the publisher.

WOODCENTRAL, P.O. BOX 493, SPRINGTOWN, PA 18081