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    I make things that are fairly small using poplar. I have arthritis issues and have been trying to do away with as much hand sanding as possible. I have a little belt sander and a dremel tool and flex shaft and a harbor freight version multi tool type thing, also a small rechargeable sander.. none of these are terribly 'perfect' for fine sanding. the belt thing has 120 grit paper, it is 1" x30" I don't think I can get that finer..? The rechargeable thing is pretty weak. the multi tool thing is too heavy for me. The dremel sanding things are too rough. I feel like goldilocks rejecting all the porridge on the table.
    I am not terribly up on the best power tools but I still have my $200 that I got for Christmas and am thinking there must be something I can get that will do this.

    Here are a couple links to the sort of things I need to sand:

    Christmas Portrait Keepsake Its a Wonderful by PokeberryToyBox

    Cat Wedding Cake Topper Sale Custom Animal Cake by PokeberryPatch

    I've heard there's a gadget called a spindle sander that might be nice..

    What would you use? thanks so much, from a flustered newbie.
    Ready, Fire, ... Aim!

    My blog: Pokeberry Patch

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    • #3
      I will try that next time, thanks. I just got a new harddrive on my pc so I don't even have any photos stored on it at the moment they are all on my etsy shop. Lost scores of 'em in the crash.

      Anyhow I will try to figure that out. thanks!

      You are most welcome. If you post links to outside sources for pics sometimes your post gets placed on hold for moderation, thought this may help you speed things up. :+)
      Last edited by wood-n-things; 12-31-2011, 10:40 AM.
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      • #4
        For $200 look at the Ridgid oscillating edge belt spindle sander. Look at Home depot and all the reviews.

        regis
        An old beginner leaping in.

        Pleased with my new EX-16.

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        • #5
          thank you so much--I will look at that.
          Ready, Fire, ... Aim!

          My blog: Pokeberry Patch

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          • #6
            I have had mine for several years and use it 2nd only to my random orbital sander.
            "Still Montana Mike"

            "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
            Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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            • #7
              the only thing is.. in looking at this product online... I already have a little 1 x 30 belt sander... seems like it would be overkill in $ for what I need. I just need to sand edges of small pieces--and I need it to be a fine grit--I'm hand sanding somewhat now-- at 220 & 320 grit. I'd like to be able to get that edge without making my fingers swell up. I can do the rougher sanding with my belt sander or my dremel tool. So maybe this is not quite 'it'.
              Ready, Fire, ... Aim!

              My blog: Pokeberry Patch

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              • #8
                Get a mop sander then for the edges of things.
                "Still Montana Mike"

                "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
                Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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                • #9
                  probably need to go take a look at this thingy up close.
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                  • #10
                    mop sander... ok.. I'll look at those online and see what it is. I am pretty ignorant about tools.. been learning a lot the past year.
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                    My blog: Pokeberry Patch

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                    • #11
                      Just do a google search....mop sander & sanding mops...
                      "Still Montana Mike"

                      "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
                      Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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                      • #12
                        Here is a link to Amazon for 1"x30" sanding belts http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...g+belt&x=0&y=0 On the first page I see 400 grit and finer.

                        Also look at Seyco for the mini flutterwheel, which you can use in a drill press or in a hand drill Flex Drum Sander

                        The spindle sander is a good tool but you will have to look hard for truly fine grit paper.

                        Another source for sandpaper is Klingspors Woodworking.
                        Terry
                        Got Moose?

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                        • #13
                          There we go! thank you! I was just over at the Lowes by us, and the finest 1 x 30 I could find is 120... never saw another toy there that got my interest. thank you!
                          Ready, Fire, ... Aim!

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                          • #14
                            Wow-- shipping cost is nuts!

                            $9 for the sanding belts and $10 to ship them? I sell mail order all the time and I know that isn't costing them half that to ship.
                            Ready, Fire, ... Aim!

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                            • #15
                              Here is a link to Klingspors sanding supplies, etc. They have 1x30" belts up to 600 grit for $1.75 ea. (plus shipping). They also have 1/2x30" belts up to 180 grit. A look thru their online catalog may find just what you're looking for.
                              http://www.woodworkingshop.com/

                              Lou
                              Last edited by louhodson; 12-31-2011, 03:25 PM.

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