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AST 3in. Arbor with Soft Pad
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Product Code: SG-SM3S

A.S.T. Abrasive Disc System

(3" Arbor with Soft Pad) 

3 inch arbor with soft pad for extreme flexibility. Adapts easily to all your sanding needs from woodturning to cabinet making.
Real low profile Velcro abrasive system with truly exceptional grip and creep resistance, yet easy removal at amazing prices.
A.S.T.Abrasive discs:
Real Velcro backed discs, in 2in. and 3in. diameter. 3 in. version also has a new Surbuf buffing pad.
Excellent value:
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.
Unrivalled Flexibility.
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.
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AST 3in. Arbor with Soft Pad£7.63£9.15

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