I used one to make a curved edge on some raised panels. It
worked but needed a lot of sanding. It also didn't strike me as
the safest thing in the world. Mine's going out at the next
garage sale we have - along with my Ryobi detail sander :-).
I use it for thicknessing hardwoods for backs and sides in guitar building,
because disk sanding is just too slow. The planer is agressive (you have to be
very careful to keep downward pressure on the workpiece so it doesn't rise up
into the cutter - easy to end up with nothing left in part of the workpiece.
It is also downright scary - nothing between your fingertips and the spinning edge.
If I had a thickness sander, I wouldn't go near this thing. But I don't, and
for a few things I need it.
Be very careful that your drill press spindle is at right angles to the work
surface, and provide a nice big attached table that fully supports the workpiece.
Larry Blanchard wrote:
James T. Kirby
Center for Applied Coastal Research
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