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mr drinky

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A couple of weeks ago, my brother came over and I had him bring his end-grain cutting board with him for a tune up. I ended up sanding it down a bit and oiling it up for him, but it took me way too long and got me to thinking about sanding kit and equipment.

I used to live a lot abroad so I never was able to accumulate wood working tools, but I would like to get some basic materials to handle knife-related chores.

Here are some of the tasks I would like to do:

(1) Re-surface cutting boards that may be damaged, old etc.
(2) Round the spine on blades
(3) Buffing/polishing/refinishing scratched or abused blades

Does anyone have suggestions on some good sanding kit/equipment, micro-meshes, paper etc. to get these jobs done.

I have nothing, so all ideas are welcome.

Thanks in advance.

k.
 

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As far as the blocks go scraping plans work the best.
To round spines belt sander like the 1" one sold at H.F. Would be my #1
 

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For rounding the spine I always use a wet/dry sand paper grit progression starting at 400, 600, 800, 1000, 2000.
As for buffing? I would also like some insight in that one.
 

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For rounding the spine I always use a wet/dry sand paper grit progression starting at 400, 600, 800, 1000, 2000.
As for buffing? I would also like some insight in that one.
I know there are tons of places to buy sandpaper, but I was reading somewhere that you should avoid cheap sandpaper. Are there some brands/vendors that are better?

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As far as the blocks go scraping plans work the best.
To round spines belt sander like the 1" one sold at H.F. Would be my #1
Thanks Chef Niloc for the advice. I am going to add a belt sander to the list. I see H.F. has two 1" sanders: one is a combo with disc sander and the other isn't. Would a disc sander be useful?

Also, by scraping plane do you mean a cabinet scraper or a scraping plane such as this one:

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2000574/10397/KUNZ-Scraping-Plane--No-112.aspx

The search goes on (but it is getting closer). I have been doing some other research. And I think it was in some old Marko post that I saw the Caswell compounds noted below. I might ask him how they worked out.

k.

Anyhow, here is my list so far.

* 1" x 30" belt sander from Harbor Freight ($40)
http://www.harborfreight.com/1-inch-x-30-inch-belt-sander-2485.html

* Caswell compound bars ($27)
http://www.caswellplating.com/buffs/buffing.htm

* Micro-mesh Kit ($25)
http://www.micromark.com/Micro-Mesh-Finishing-Kit,7601.html

* Random-Orbital Sander ($62)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018Z8D64/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20

* A couple felt blocks ($20)
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2184

* I am still looking at planes. Maybe a card/cabinet scraper.
 
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Thanks Chef Niloc for the advice. I am going to add a belt sander to the list. I see H.F. has two 1" sanders: one is a combo with disc sander and the other isn't. Would a disc sander be useful?

Also, by scraping plane do you mean a cabinet scraper or a scraping plane such as this one:

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2000574/10397/KUNZ-Scraping-Plane--No-112.aspx

The search goes on (but it is getting closer). I have been doing some other research. And I think it was in some old Marko post that I saw the Caswell compounds noted below. I might ask him how they worked out.

k.

Anyhow, here is my list so far.

* 1" x 30" belt sander from Harbor Freight ($40)
http://www.harborfreight.com/1-inch-x-30-inch-belt-sander-2485.html

* Caswell compound bars ($27)
http://www.caswellplating.com/buffs/buffing.htm


* Random-Orbital Sander ($62).
I use both types of plans. The one you posted for lots of deep scratches. Cabinet plane will give you a supper smooth finish. I also set up a dough knife/ bench scraper
http://www.google.com/images?q=doug...bmE8qDtwej-ujqDg&ved=0CDgQsAQ&biw=981&bih=661
Like a cabanet plane I.E. I run it down a mill file to create a nasty bur. I use this every day at work ( old butchers trick ), it keeps a your block from getting to bad to quick plus it gets the nasty stuff out.

I don't like to use power sanders of any kind on a block as it's very easy to make the board unleveled, a very bad thing!
When you are refinishing a board you need to do the whole board and keep it flat and even. Carpenters use plans to level wood not sanders. They do make power planers like
http://www.harborfreight.com/13-inch-industrial-planer-39860.html
That would make quick work at the job, but to handle a 18+" board you would need one like this
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000223LW/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20
Would be cheeper to buy a 100 new boards, but maybe you know a shop that has one you could use?

I like the HP sander with out the disk b/c it's smaller and easier to store on a shelf & such. If you have use for the disk and don't mind Spending a little extra then I would get the grizzly
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017K8W3E/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20
Or better yet the delta 1x42" there are lots of " how to's" & parts on the net to modify the delta for knife sharpening. But I don't think they make it any more??? May be eBay?
 
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The best sandpaper I have found and always have in my shop is from my local auto parts store. It is 3M with the yellow back silicon carbide paper. I use it in 400, 1000, and 2000 for various tasks. I usually buy the 50 packs of the 400 and a few sheets of the others. The 400 I use for sanding handles and blades alike.
 

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Thanks for the tip, Delbert.

k.
 
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