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    Want to re-finish the swim step. Any sweet tricks for sanding between the grids? I looked into a portable oscillating sander from Grizzly, but they're currently out of stock.
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    Last edited by rbgarr; 05-03-2018 at 11:43 AM.
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    My Fein Multimaster, a detail sander, has a foot with the reach. You might have to work from both sides. You really need to be using it a lot to justify the expense of the Fein but you'll never need another. Some Fein fittings can be put on cheaper units but it's hard for them to stand up.

    For the ends of each slot, Dremmal makes small drum sander heads the might help but if you don't have a Dremmal there are small drum sanders in your local hardware store that will chuck in to your drill.

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    The right sized drum sander and a light touch in a router? That would keep it all nice and square.

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    Adhesive backed sandpaper wrapped around a pvc or abs pipe?

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    Haven’t used a power sander since i bought one of these.


    Would use glass paper wrapped rectangular and round timber for the insides.




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    Default Re: Sanding Suggestions

    As has been suggested,wrap some sandpaper round a dowel or pipe to do the ends and use a piece of batten for the flat sections.An oscillating sander had better not be a bobbin type or you will end up with ripples and dips everywhere.

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    Heat gun and putty knife. Putty knife ground to a flat on the end and resharpened as needed. You might even grind an angle for easier access to the slots but probably not necessary. I dislike sanding a finish off and a heat gun is better and easier anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gib Etheridge View Post
    The right sized drum sander and a light touch in a router? That would keep it all nice and square.
    That was my first thought. What RPM can the drums tolerate? I'd use lowest speed possible.

    Finish up with a router and roundover bit.

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    Singley sanding drums are the deal for the curved ends;

    https://www.woodcraft.com/products/s...-x-2-1-4-x-1-4

    They come in various sizes.

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    Ended up using a combo. Cheap disc sander and spindle attachment on old Dewalt drill motor did quick work between the grids.
    Next time though, the oscillating portable spindle sander from Grizzly would be the cats pajamas.

    not sure why pics always come out sideways??
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaboatnic View Post

    not sure why pics always come out sideways??
    Looks good. On the pic orientation, either always use landscape format, or on a portrait format, simply edit it with the crop tool. I've found that even if I crop just a tiny bit and save it, it changes the header enough to then show properly.

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