Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Sanding head variations have their roles

howard-grivnaThere are four basic types of sanding heads and one major hybrid variation that can be applicable to any sanding head type that incorporates a polishing platen.

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Saw upkeep should be high on your list

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 15:28

Consistent care and maintenance is necessary to ensure your tool's peak performance for many years to come

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Tolerance threshold vital for wide belt sanders

howard-grivnaThere are several factors that affect a wide belt sander’s ability to hold a close thickness tolerance. When a sander is new, with proper operating procedures, any rigid orifice-type machine should reasonably hold plus or minus .005” tolerance. If a machine has been specifically designed and has the right characteristics to hold a close tolerance, thickness tolerances of plus or minus .0025” are achievable. However, within a short period of time (less than one year), certain wear factors require machine maintenance procedures along with proper operating procedures in order to continue to obtain tight thickness tolerances.

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Adjustment of wide belt sander can be tricky

howard-grivnaIn previous issues, we have addressed the following questions:

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Sanded finish should always be consistent

howard-grivnaTable A allows you to compare abrasive belt mineral sizes based on several different grading systems. Please note that the P-designated belts (European grades) are a different mineral size than the X-designated belts (U.S. grades] except for 180 grit.

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