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Old 09-13-2017, 02:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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This may be a silly question, but does anybody use power sanding on pens?
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Not a silly question.. I don't. Not necessary for a pen blank. If I wanted to mass produce pens I'd buy a CNC lathe... would turn and sand...but that takes the fun & craft out of it.
How would power sanding by applied?
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I power sand bowls but I've never done it on any small Spindle turnings.
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I consider it 'power sanding' if you're sanding with the lathe turned on. And, I admit, I've used a coarse grit before at high speed to do some shaping...
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Yes, but with the very very small sanding rounds or polishing bobs about the size of a pencil eraser. And then not unless there is a need to address issues with specific locations.
Foredom handpiece to provide the power.

I also use a 2 inch disc holder in a collet chuck to sand and polish ends of seam rippers crochet hooks and pen center bands.
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I consider it 'power sanding' if you're sanding with the lathe turned on. And, I admit, I've used a coarse grit before at high speed to do some shaping...
Me too.
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I consider it 'power sanding' if you're sanding with the lathe turned on. And, I admit, I've used a coarse grit before at high speed to do some shaping...
Me too.
I was referring to sanding with the lathe spinning, whilst using an arbour on a drill to sand with. the drill is also running.

The idea is that you don't get radial scratches
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Why not try it?

Anything that works is fine, particularly if it works better.

You don't find out till you try.

I do wonder if, especially with the coarser grits, it would be easy to gouge the blank and ruin it. A variable speed Dremmel type tool might be easier to control.
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this is true. I will give it a go on a scrap blank
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I have used the non-powered inertial sanders to sand blanks, they will sand without leaving sanding marks. I have one of the Sorby miniature sanders, which uses 1" discs, and it does a good job. I think a power sander would be too aggressive and remove too much wood.
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