Sanding is one of those necessary evils of woodworking, so any means of making the job easier and more efficient are always welcomed! If you’re looking for a quick way to bring a final surface finish to smaller flat surfaces — face frame parts, rails and legs, box components, marquetry and small panels come to come to mind — this new portable horizontal drum sander from Sand-Flee may be your solution. The SF-0904 ($449.95), new to market at AWFS, consists of a 9-in. steel and aluminum drum that accepts strips of hook-and-loop backed sandpaper from 40 to 600 grit. The drum is mounted inside a steel cabinet and driven by a 1/7 hp totally enclosed motor at 1700 rpm. But, what makes the system truly unique is the top: it’s a 12-in. x 17-in. piece of zinc-plated steel. The top pivots up on the end of the cabinet so you can vary the exposure of the drum above the table — and that allows you to take an aggressive first pass or a final sanding pass without leaving snipe or burns.
You simply dial in the table height, lock the setting and slide the workpiece over the drum. A micro-adjust knob puts you in complete control of table height. The tool has a 2 1/2-in-dia. dust port to keep the cabinet and tabletop clean, plus a safety switch and removable power cord.
One end of the drum extends beyond the cabinet to serve as a power take-off, so you can mount a keyless chuck and sanding mops or drums for tackling contour work. An anodized aluminum fence is also sold separately. Here’s a tool that could put your tedious sanding jobs on a much faster track.
Learn more about the Sand-Flee SF-0904 (or its larger 18-in. cousin, the SF-1800) by visiting the company’s web site: www.rjrstudios.com.