Abrasives

Finding the right abrasives for the right processes

RO 90 on Last year’s Yule Log

Written by on December 4, 2011 in Abrasives, Power Sanders, Tools, Vacuums/Dust Extractors with 3 Comments
RO 90 on Last year’s Yule Log

Festool RO 90 and Granat Abrasive Testing When testing any kind of work related gear, my company and I put the stuff through all of its typical tasks, and then throw some curve balls in. We are always looking for situations we haven’t attempted before, in the context of testing boundaries of equipment. Today’s example […]

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Abrasive Selection: Experience to Extremes

Written by on August 28, 2011 in Abrasives, Industry News, Sanding and Dust Collection with 1 Comment

The most effective measure of an abrasive technology is how the wood takes finish. On paint grade, it’s more about adhesion, while on stain grade its that but with a deeper visual aesthetic. The abrasive can’t take all of the credit. The dust extraction system is exerting significant influence in the rich, crisp look of […]

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Rotex Sander: Festool RO150

Rotex Comfort Zones In working with different types of tools, I have a constant interest in exploring comfort zones. Mine, and the tool’s. A 6″ RO150 Rotex sander with a 5mm (3/16″) stroke is a bit of a step up in size and potential aggressive tendencies compared to the standard 5″ orbitals that we have […]

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Can your sandpaper do this?

Festool Granat Abrasives Can. No kidding. In mid 2011, we began testing Festool Granat abrasives, which are designed for paint removal and finish sanding. In one of our early tests of Granat, I started with a piece of 1×8 sapele that was primed solid with exterior oil primer. Using an RO150 sander, I stripped the […]

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