Product Code: VSM1531
Grip-a-Disc 80mm Lambswool Polishing Mop
80mm lambswool polishing mop for the Grip-a-Disc sanding system.
sanding of bowls and platters is now recognized 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 Gripper Holder
and a series of discs. 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 Gripper Holder for each grit size used. It only takes a second
or two to change the pads in the chuck.
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.
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. Grip-a-Disc uses 8mm soft
foam backed discs and a rigid velcro drill pad - the Gripper Holder.
This system helps dissipate the heat more easily and conforms easily to
contours and shapes. For this reason, some turners have started using
the 80mm pads on spindle work, by hand, without the Gripper.
Use with a light touch to reduce heat build up which may produce checks in the wood.
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
A 45mm Gripper Holder is used with 50mm pads and a 75mm version with the 80mm pads.