Anyone here have any experience with a sanding device that uses a
rotating drum of abrasive balls to smooth wooden furniture - chairs
specifically? It would be like attaching a piece of wood to the
inside of the clothes dryer door, filling the inside with "abrasive
balls", and then turning it on - the balls then falling into the wood
and smoothing it. Great idea - but how well does it work?
And who's got abrasive balls?
Nope. I've used such things for fettling steel forgings and I can't
imagine them working on timber.
You need a workpiece with a high resistance to impact and a low
resistance to abrading the edges. Otherwise you just dent it on the
bits you're trying to preserve. The media need a certain weight to be
effective and the bigger they are the more dents they make. For timber
this would need an awful lot of light media - there was a guy in FWW
who was using a grain elevator for this - about three carloads of
grain was enough to texture a board.
I saw one demonstration at a wood machinery show in Toronto. They
weren't rotating those drums, they were agitating them with resonant
frequencies. The chair just sinks into the drum (Different drums with
different sized balls) like it's quicksand, operating very much on the
principles of quicksand.
I saw one demonstration at a wood machinery show in Toronto. The
operation looked pretty damned slick, I tell ya. The machine was about 2
mortgages long by 4 mortgages wide by 3 mortgages high. It would take a
couple of mortgages to fill the machine with balls.
That's a game for the big boys.
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