When determining the best abrasive for a particular workpiece, you need to consider the backing as well as type of grain. The right backing type will support a quality and efficient sanding job while the wrong one can produce a subpar finish and even lead to tool damage over time.
The right belt grinder can make a huge difference in creating a sleek, beautiful blade. There are different machines to choose from, some of them better-suited to certain knife making processes than others.
Cutting your own drum sanding strips is an easy way to save money without jeopardizing the quality of finished workpieces. You can cut sanding strips from sanding rolls or sanding belts. Cutting from sanding rolls is the more ideal solution. The key is to trim the leading edge so that the angled edge matches the drum circumference.
With abrasives, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Not only is it available in a variety of grain (grit) sizes and types, but there are also two primary types of coating. Choosing the right one for your project will make your abrasives last longer and help ensure a high-quality finish.
When your goal is optimal performance, how you store abrasives like sanding belts, cutting discs, and grinding wheels is just as important as how you use them. Done correctly, the abrasives work harder for longer.