Anyone use an oscillating spindle sander or is it a big paperweight?
Do you use sanding drums on your DP instead of the OSS?
Are the inflated drums cool or hype?
Or do you just, ugh, sand by HAND?
Depends upon the type of woodworking you do. I use a lot of curved aprons,
stretchers and other parts in my projects, so a dedicated machine is handy,
a time saver, and consequently my B.O.S.S is used at least weekly. Used a
drill press before that ... the DP works, but as any tool that is not
designed for the task at hand, it left a lot to be desired.
I did the drill press with the sanding drums for about a year. PITA and to
be avoided if at all possible, IMO. I'm sure you can do better than what I
did, but it really needs a reasonably sized drill press table and a lot of
patience. I found it easy to end up with little hollows by applying a bit
too much pressure.
Now I'm using a OSS, but surprise surprise it's a Ryobi. It's the OSS500.
It looks a little like a toy, honestly, but it performs VERY nicely. And it
was only $89 at the orange Borg. $89! I've used it on about 6 projects
now, probably 50 curved pieces and it hasn't missed a beat. Comes with a
good assortment of drums, and the dust collection actually works very well.
The table isn't as big as could be, but for $89 it is a very good value. I
know, it's a Ryobi, but this particular tool has received kudos in a few
woodworking magazines, and my experience has proven their advice well
To me, it was no big deal until I made some Duncan Phyfe style chairs. I
decided on the Jet, all steel and cast iron - no plastic. I now use it
frequently. If forced to give it up and go back to the DP would make me
no need to be apologetic about it being a Ryobi. I've got one Ryobi
which is a POS. I've got another, the sander that looks almost like a
Bosch and it works great. I bought it over 12 years ago, and it's still
on the market for about $100. I got a Delta disk/belt sander and it's
just a hair above a "POS". For less money I could have gotten what
APPEARS to be a well built Ryobi unit, also available at the big orange.
Can the OSS use pnuematic drums as well? Do you have to buy special
paper for the OSS drums or do you just cut regular sheets down to wrap
around? I've never looked at these units, as you can tell from the
newbie nature of the questions.
Mike in Mystic wrote:
Doubtful and so far, not necessary for me. The Ryobi takes the same size
spindles as quite a few other OSS's out there. For $99 I got a wide
assortment of spindles (half a dozen'ish) and 3 grits for each size.
You can find replacement sandpaper everywhere from Ace, to HD to Woodcraft.
So far I don't see a huge cost advantage to making my own sleeves.
hehe, I see that now.
Honestly, the shape of the table hasn't been that big an issue. I think it
was actually thought out pretty well to minimize space requirements and
still allow accurate sanding of reasonably sized pieces.
I used the sander to sand a 3 foot wide arch with about 3.5" between the
apex and the ends and it worked just fine.
The Grizzly is probably fine, but then you have to pay shipping (most of us,
anyway). That puts the price at about $133. Looking at the item on
Grizzly's website, I dont' see how it is THAT much better than the Ryobi.
For the money, which is what I said before, the Ryobi kicks the Grizzly's
Although it sounds like you've been sold on the OSS, if you need any other
reasons the DP isn't the best way to go I'd say add the fact that when
you're done on it due to the non-oscillating nature of the DP you end up
with nice little grooves in the side of your curves from the abrasives.
I.e. you still have to sand it by hand when you're done.
I'm waiting for the spring thaw when garage sales and classifieds pick up
again and then I'll go a looking. Although after Mike's review of the
Ryobi, I might not even bother!
SWMBO got my Delta at a garage sale for my B'day last for "under $100" ...
she didn't say how far under, but knowing her it was closer to $50. IIRC, it
may have been part of a gloat at the time ... on SWMBO, not the tool. I've
had one 20 years, and the other about 1, and wouldn't willingly trade
I turned my own drums on my Vertilathe
Used 4"dia, 3 1/2" and 3". I use these drums to sharpen my chisels
Each wheel or wooden disc is 1 " thick
and is made up of (1) 1/4 x20x2" hanger
bolt, (1) 3/16 x 9/16 flat washer,(1) 1" strip
of foam padding psa 9" long,1 strip of Klingspor psa emery paper (80
long and (1) chuck adapter (stand off)
to fit on hangerbolt. Easy directions (Ha)
Wasn't finished. The wheel of drum starts out with a 4" square block and
turned down to a 3 1/2 dia. With band saw cut
in cerf 1/2 deep and 1/8" wide to hold
ends of sand paper. You out there, give it a try.
Answer: it depends.
When possible, I like to flush trim curved pieces with a premade template
and router. Then, I don't use the OSS on the finished piece. I sand by
hand. Of course I often do use the OSS in the process of making the
templates themselves, but even then hand sanding is almost always involved
in getting shapes just right.
When not possible (usually due to thickness) to flush trim to shape, then
yes I do use the OSS on the finished piece itself.
Inflated drums: never used 'em.
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