Did a bunch of sanding today and got to thinking of potentially better
ways to get a smooth surface. A dual drum sander would be very nice,
but it's rather pricey. I was thinking that a large vibrating flat
surface might do the trick. What if you bought one of those Grizzly
granite surface plates, stuck some rubber feet on it, and then bolted
a concrete vibrator (or two or three) to the bottom. Then you put
some PSA 120 grit on top, crank up the power and sand away. Anybody
out there tried this? Anyone seen this type of device already out
there? I like the idea of the vibrating action versus the linear
marks put out by a spinning drum. Am I likely to get the same result
with an oscillating belt sander? What would be really cool is to set
up your material feeder over the top of the surface plate.
Delta had a stationary random orbit sander on the market for a short
while. Imagine a hand-held ROS fixed upside down to a table. I tried
one and hated it. Basically, the board just shook rather than being
sanded. Enough people agreed with me that they took it off the
On 17 Feb 2004 16:56:36 -0800, email@example.com (Charles
Thanks for the reply Charles - you answered one question and prompted
a few others. Sounds like you'd need to have a pretty solid grip on
the wood for sure. I've got a few ideas on how to fix that, but now
we're getting a bit more "complex".... Heck, a few more
complexities and I'll have built myself a dual-drum Performax!
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