I feel silly asking, but I was using a portable spindle sander tonight on a
piece of cedar. I found it hard to use it without leaving ridges. I tried
using it fast & slow, I came to the opinion that moving it slower over the
work was better. Any tips? Maybe using a table mounted one is easier. I
thought it would be very easy to fair out a curve using it.
What portable spindle sander are you using and at what grit?
Look into oscillating spindle sanders. I think the oscillations make it
possible to avoid this problem. I bought a rigid that received very high
marks in a recent issue of Fine Woodworking magazine. Does both spindle and
belt sanding with oscillations.
> I feel silly asking, but I was using a portable spindle sander
tonight on a
What you tried to do is not easy.
Think of a router in a table with a reference pin installed to allow
you control of the piece as it approaches the bit.
You have essentially the same task with your sander.
If this is a concave curve, then you have little choice.
If this is a convex curve, then it is impossible to beat a fairing
board and a batten.
When your arms feel like they are ready to drop off, your piece is
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