I have a 6x108 chinese knockoff of General that doesn't oscillate. I did
try using it some at first on face frames and some other stuff, but not on
drawers. It tends to sand unevenly with the left side getting more cut, so
I used it only on short rails, etc. I get some use out of the curved end
where it turns to sand/cut on top rails for curved arched doors. Sometimes,
I use it for misc. stuff, but not regularly. I have an old delta
combination 12" disc and 6x48 belt sander that I use once in a while also.
Both machines are invaluable when I need them. I believe I would get a
whole lot more mileage out of an oscillating spindle sander most of the
time. As for sanding doors and drawer fronts, I cheat and use a small
Timesavers, but a good barrel sander will work just as well, only it is
harder to change the sandpaper. Before I had the belt sander, I used a
Bosch Random orbital, which is much faster than the small critters around.
I'm not sure that I can help you with that. When on some occasions I have a
square edge with maybe a roundover or other pattern, I will just use the
random orbital, and sometimes freehand sandpaper on the pattern. Most of my
customers seem to want an edge profile that can't be sanded by an edge
sander and must be sanded a little mostly with the random orbital and by
hand. There are some high-buck machines that will do this, and even ease
all of the edges on the doors/drawer fronts simultaneously, but I don't live
in that neighborhood.
If you decide to sell your vehicles, cash out on your house, put your kids
up for adoption, and possibly sell your soul, then look up denibbing and
contour-sanding machines in your search engine.
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