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Oscillating sander for pattern sanding?
« on: March 01, 2019, 09:47:55 AM »
Looking at purchasing a larger edge sander and modifying it for patterns.  Curious if any of you guys have used an oscillating sander for your pattern work?  Does the up and down oscillation movement make it difficult to pattern sand?  Also, which edge sanders have you guys modified or would recommend for that?
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Re: Oscillating sander for pattern sanding?
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2019, 11:07:35 AM »
I have a oscillating sander I use for sanding fades, etc. Don't do any pattern sanding, but it's hard not to get some minor scalloping with it. The guy's with the edge sanders, using the end roller for contours likely get a much better finish. Another tool I covet! There was a recent thread on modifying edge sanders for just that purpose.


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Re: Oscillating sander for pattern sanding?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2019, 02:47:01 PM »
a nice edge sander is the bees knees!
but i modified a spindle sander into a profile sander, and even though i set it up with the 1.5" spindle- it works really well on fades etc, with the rub collar and the templates , a really good finish is achieved.
 I did remove the oscillation feature though- i was worried it might effect the finish- but i could be wrong about that- i have been known to have been wrong before.
 in fact i remember the day, it was a nice summer day back in 1973 when i was just 5 years old.... :biglaugh:

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Re: Oscillating sander for pattern sanding?
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2019, 03:16:23 PM »
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in fact i remember the day, it was a nice summer day back in 1973 when i was just 5 years old

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Re: Oscillating sander for pattern sanding?
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2019, 04:43:10 PM »
a nice edge sander is the bees knees!
but i modified a spindle sander into a profile sander, and even though i set it up with the 1.5" spindle- it works really well on fades etc, with the rub collar and the templates , a really good finish is achieved.
 I did remove the oscillation feature though- i was worried it might effect the finish- but i could be wrong about that- i have been known to have been wrong before.
 in fact i remember the day, it was a nice summer day back in 1973 when i was just 5 years old.... :biglaugh:
Not in my experience. I was thinking about nixing the oscillation, but did not want to permanently alter the thing. Is it a reversible procedure?

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Re: Oscillating sander for pattern sanding?
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2019, 05:56:24 PM »
That sander that Mike posted is on my list as soon as I can sell my lath , I don't have a pattern sander ether but use the oscilating spindle sander to do risers if there is any scalloping I always hand finish my risers so it's a non issue but a pattern sander would be nice & Roy , May 23rd I can sign up for the SS  :cheesy:
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Re: Oscillating sander for pattern sanding?
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2019, 06:05:52 PM »
Good for you, Ritchie...

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Re: Oscillating sander for pattern sanding?
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2019, 06:41:17 PM »
Keep an eye on Craigslist I found a 6 x 90" edge sander, had to drive about 50 miles to get it.  I love that thing don't know how I got by without one all those years.

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Re: Oscillating sander for pattern sanding?
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2019, 07:45:42 PM »
hey Flem, good to hear that it didnt effect the finish.
i think it would be reversible, i kept all the parts. the oscillating feature is quite an ingenious design when you look at it.  but, with the rub collar in place , i did have to shorten the rubber sleeves about 3/8". but everything else was simply removed, and nothing damaged.
 i remember now, that the finish was just part of the reason, i had to remove the oscillation to allow for the rub collar to work- as its a stationary rub collar.

i guess one could very easily make a rub collar that comprised an inner and an outer sleeve- with a bearing between the two.
 the inner collar would fit on the shaft- up against the washer and shoulder that the rubber sleeve sits up against- and the outer collar would be the size of the sanding  sleeve.
 you would still have to shorten the rubber sleeve to compensate for the  rub collar, but that would be a very quick and easy method.

i just didnt like the idea of  a spinning rub collar, as it has the potential to wear into the template- and screw up a good riser, right at the worst time.
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Re: Oscillating sander for pattern sanding?
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2019, 03:33:02 PM »
Does anyone have pics of there sander mods ?
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