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Sand Flee Takes the Hassle Out of Hand-sanding

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Sand-Flee Sf-0904 Portable Drum Sander

Sand-Flee Sf-0904 Portable Drum Sander

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.

Sanding drum outfitted with hook-and-loop sandpaper as well as an accessory chuck and abrasive sanding mops.

Sanding drum outfitted with hook-and-loop sandpaper as well as an accessory chuck and abrasive sanding mops.

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.