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Guys there's one available at Windsor plywood right now , but can you justify this machine for the hobbyist ?
I am going to make my own kitchen cabinets someday and coffee table etc and I talked to a carpenter and Mike claimed this produces fantastic results .
I guess snipe issues with a planer would be less of an issue to a degree if I had this sander , as you could take the surface down a little more .
If it was 5 grand I would even consider it but there almost within reach . I should be saving up for planer and a jointer first though , but have always noticed this machine when I'm buying router bits

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Yes, planer and jointer first.
I'd love to have a drum sander. Don't think it'd do very well being left outside the workshop on the driveway, however.
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Yes, planer and jointer first.
I'd love to have a drum sander. Don't think it'd do very well being left outside the workshop on the driveway, however.
Dan that's my next concern . As tempting as I was to load it on the trailer , I think it's going to get fairly tight in my garage at some point . Darn near bought it too

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Hi Rick,,, ever think of building one? I just like the challenge of building my own.

I think planner first,,, and money was a deterrent for a thickness sander for me,, so I built one.

Just a thought!

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I used a double drum at a place I worked at, probably something similar to the one you looked at. You are only talking about removing a few thou, if that much, at a time so it is really slow and won't really replace a planer. It was also bad for burning maple. Re wrapping the drums was a bit of a pain in the rear too. If it sounds like I wasn't particularly impressed with it you would be correct. I heard that the stationary belt sanders are a better machine but I haven't tried one and they are more money.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Hi Rick,,, ever think of building one? I just like the challenge of building my own.

I think planner first,,, and money was a deterrent for a thickness sander for me,, so I built one.

Just a thought!
Harry Sinclair posted a thread on a home made one that a friend of his built. The original thread was about 2 years ago maybe and it came up again maybe 6-8 months ago as part of another thread by someone else. You could search through Harry's (Harrysin) posts to find it. I think it was built for around $50 and was reported to work quite well.

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Harry Sinclair posted a thread on a home made one that a friend of his built. The original thread was about 2 years ago maybe and it came up again maybe 6-8 months ago as part of another thread by someone else. You could search through Harry's (Harrysin) posts to find it. I think it was built for around $50 and was reported to work quite well.
Yes built two of them,, the first model was a monster and hard to get the belt running true,,, so the second one that did work quite well.

There is a lot of thinking outside the box in order to keep it cheap.

Harry not posting too much right now. I know he has not run out of words...

Harry was another one that was a strong motivator in a lot of my builds.

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buy the 12" sander from grizzly mount it with your planer on a flip top roll away stand

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Rick.........years ago (before the realization of my limited talents set it) I dreamed of one of these for use on chess table tops that I wanted to build and sell. I would still love to do that, but I will have to go with a homemade one if I ever have one. It was a good example of buying what you really need first, and wait till later on the non-necessities.
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I spent 40+ years looking for overanxious people such as yourself and I found one thing to be true with all of them; you are going to feel bad about purchasing or not purchasing a product of this magnitude, so go ahead and purchase. It is much better to feel bad about purchasing a machine and be able to use it, than not purchase and feel bad with every hand sanding stroke. You obviously have the cash. so spend it.

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