Superior construction for long and reliable life.
Economical and versatile:
Accepts all Velcro/loop backed abrasives including self or pre-cut squares and discs.
Available with 2in and 3in arbors, each with a soft pad version for flexibility, a medium pad for external and shallow curves and a soft interface pad to convert the medium pad to a soft pad.
Power sanding of bowls and platters is now recognised as having the advantages of reducing grit marks, heat build-up and time spent sanding. This system is designed to be used in a power drill but can also be used in the Sorby Sandmaster. To start, you will need a velcro pad and a series of discs. The interface pad is a soft pad that goes between the Medium pad and the abrasive disc to give a softer, more flexible feel. Avoid leaving the pads laying around without a disc affixed as dust build-up on the Velcro will lessen the grip. A simple system is to make a block with holes for the shafts and have separate pad for each grit size used. It only takes a second or two to change the pads in the chuck.
In use with a power drill, it is simply a case of presenting the spinning pad to the spinning bowl/platter so that the cutting portion of the pad is going the opposite way to the bowl/platter. Can be used on spindle work but care must be taken not to sand away fine detail.
In practice, with the lathe running inboard (anti-clockwise) at low speed, and viewing the spinning piece as a clock, work from the centre of the piece towards the ‘7 to 8 o’clock area’, tilting the pad so that the matching area is in contact with the wood. As with all abrasives, it is important to work through successive grits as skipping a grade will leave grit marks which show when a shine is applied. Velcro backing pads are replaceable, and for the final buffing, polishing mops are now available.
Sanding Disc/Belt Cleaners really do work and your discs work better and last longer!
Clean the clogged discs by trying to sand the cleaner and see the result. I cut a piece (about one third) off the large cleaner and Zap glue it to the lathe, then use the remaining piece in a vice to clean sanding belts.