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The Way Wood Works: Birch

The Way Wood Works: Birch This affordable wood is great for both high-end and utilitarian cabinetry. By Tim Johnson Birch is a hot item at the lumberyard these days, and birch veneer is the all-time most popular hardwood plywood.This isn’t a fad.Despite changes in taste and fashion, birch has been in...

General International 15" disc sander

General International 15" disc sander Specifications DISC SIZE 15” (381 mm) TABLE TILT 0° TO 45° TABLE SIZE 22” x 12” (305 x 507 mm) TABLE SLOT SIZE 3/4" (19 mm) DISC SPEED 1720 RPM DUST CHUTE OUTLET 4” x 1 OVERALL DIMENSIONS 21-5/8" x 25-3/8" x 55-1/8" (550 x 645...

Rikon 1" x 42" Belt Sander

Rikon 1" x 42" Belt Sander Rikon announces a 1”x42” Belt 8” Disc Sander, model #50-142. The new RIKON 50-142 is equipped with a powerful 1/3 horsepower 110 volt motor. Belt and disc tables are made of sturdy cast iron with miter slots. The 1” x 42” has a speed of...

Oops! Spindle Sander Whirlybird

  Spindle Sander Whirlybird By Mark Claypool To clean up the slot I had just cut in a long, narrow piece of white oak, I installed a sanding drum in my oscillating spindle sander. I dropped the slotted piece in place over the drum. The drum fit inside the slot perfectly,...

Oops! Possessed Belt Sander

Possessed Belt Sander By Frank Gresser My neighbor was sanding a newly created veneer and inlay tabletop when disaster struck.With the switch of his belt sander locked in the On position, he was giving the top the finishing touches. Just then his 2,500-watt electric heater kicked on, tripping the circuit breaker...

Oops! Sanding Au Naturel

  Oops! Sanding Au Naturel   I’m so handy, I thought as I flipped over the board I had just sanded without stopping my belt sander. I simply lifted the sander out of the way with one hand and let it drop down to my side. Unfortunately, the rotating belt grabbed...

Well-Equipped Shop – Two-Handed Sander

Two-Handed Sander Ever wish you had an extra handle on your sander? Not for extra pressure—that would create unwanted swirl marks. But another handle would give you extra control and relieve the tedium of sanding with only one hand. If you’re on board, take a look at Makita’s new 5" random...

Quick Cure for Sand-Through Woes

      Aaaargh! It’s so easy to sand through the finish on an edge and it always seems to happen when I’m ready for the last coat of varnish.Here’s a quick and easy fix.Grab a touch-up marker and run it along the sand through. It’ll make your mistake virtually invisible.The marker dries instantly so you can put that...