Well what can I say? Thank you Charlieb and Robatoy for getting me started
on the slipper slope with Festool tools.
I started a small cabinet for a customer today that is relatively tiny but
the he wants to put it in with some high end Korean black lacquer furniture
that is 95% covered with mother of pearl outdoor wild life scenes. My
cabinet gets to hold a friggen Boom Box., oh well. I told him I don't to
this finish but he wants relative cheap and of course it has to fit in the
small area, under this thing, and hold speakers, sub woofers, and the
amplifier. Yeah I know..;~)
I took him a sample of birch stained black with 2 coats of glossy ArmRSeal.
He like the look except for the wood grain that showed through, so I
suggested MDF and he OK'ed the job.
Like plywood, MDF needs to have the edges hidden/covered and I am using
Poplar to trim the front edges of all the MDF. As most every one that adds
a 1" to 2" trim to panels to hide the edges knows, there is always a lip
because of panel inconsistencies. I anticipated plenty and had plenty but
thanks to the Domino these differences only amounted to 1/32" to 3/64". I
thought I would deal with smoothing this all out by running the panels
through the Performax drum sander but I was a bit concerned with running the
MDF through and screwing every thing up.
Humm, what a great time to try out the new RO125 Rotex sander. I started
and finished with 180 grit so that there would be little scuffing or damage
to the MDF surface. I set the Rotex to aggressive mode and began. This is
the first time I have actually sanded a "flat" surface and was amazed at how
the sander /vacuum combination actually made the sander stick to the flat
surface. Small pieces would actually lift as I picked the sander up. As
you may have guessed with this kind of suction there was darn little, to no
dust to be seen. After 2 or 3 seconds of working the poplar to MDF joint
line I picked the sander up to give it the feel test. Humm I must have
started at a perfectly flat spot. I felt for a spot that needed more
attention and began sanding again for 3 or 4 seconds, picked the sander up
and gave it another feel, perfectly flat again. I wish I would have had a
mirror to look into as I probably had a big smile on my face. Not much more
to tell except that you could see the joint lines but could not detect the
joint line by touch and it was as smooth as a baby's butt. The smooth MDF
ended up being smoother after sanding.
I paid $360 for this particular sander and while that is a lot of money for
a sander I feel it is worth every penny and it is a true pleasure to
operate. If you can afford the Festool Rotex and are thinking about getting
a new sander, buy the Rotex and the Festool Vacuum if you don't have one..
If you are not satisfied you have 30 days to return it, but you won't.
Now I have a right angle PC ROS and 2 or 3 boxes of assorted grits of PSA
sand paper to get rid of. I cannot imagine ever using it again.