Not really what I'd consider to be a comparison type question since they're
two completely different types of tools aside from the fact that they can
both remove wood in varying degrees. However, choice would be dictated by
how much wood I wanted removed and then I'd go to the belt sander to smooth
the surface a little more before final smoothing.
| If you had to choose between the a draw knife and a belt sander
| which would you choose and why?
Well, I just never did find a draw knife to be particularly handy for
removing old varnish from an oak floor or deburring metal parts...
...and I could never quite bring myself to enjoy using a belt sander
to trim a whole roof full of oak or cedar shakes - they just make too
much noise and dust.
But that's just me.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
That's a good question, Alexy. Depends on the task. I would guess you
might ask such a question to solicit an open discussion on the uses of
both items. Oh, wait! You were just being sarcastic. Yeah. I'm sure
that's helpful too- somewhere.
Tue, Jan 9, 2007, 10:44am (EST-3) firstname.lastname@example.org (Chrisgiraffe)
If you had to choose between the a draw knife and a belt sander which
would you choose and why?
Insufficient details for a viable reply.
To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears
- Igor Stravinsky
That would depend on what I was doing. I'd choose the one
that was appropriate for the job I needed to do.
Skinning the bark off a freshly felled pole?
Draw knife. Wet bark gums the sanding belts and
you'll get a better finish with the knife.
Taking the epoxy squeeze out off a cured laminate?
Belt Sander. Epoxy is tough on blades.
Looking to get a nice, flat surface?
Neither. That's what planes are for.
That's a bizarre question (bicycle vs. wheelbarrow isn't far off it).
Assuming from your other posts that you're talking about smallish
rustic timber framing works, then it would be a drawknife every time.
Although you can remove wood with a belt sander (usually too much,
where you didn't want to), they're an ugly way to do it. A cheap belt
sander is also a vile POS to have to work with.
If you have a drawknife, then you'll probably want a shave horse too.
Make your own. It's little more than a plank on legs, with a foot-pedal
activated clamp head.
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