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Old 02-09-2012, 09:16 PM   #46
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For the record I have a little Dewalt 1/4 sheet orbital sander that has been a real champ over the past ten years. I've used it for furniture finishing and refinishing and all sorts of finishing sanding around the house. It's a great multi-purpose tool.

It's a good little machine, mine is over 20 years old and still going strong. But again, the little pad sanders aren't in the same league as the P.C. random orbital.

One of the main differences is that the 1/4 sheet pad sanders only go back and forth a small amount, and will often put scratches in your work. You need to make sure to change sandpaper frequently, and not lean on the machine hard at all. Let it do the work for you.

I use mine frequently when sanding between finishing coats. Generally a minimum of 120 grit, more often 180 or 220, 320 between final coats.

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Old 02-09-2012, 09:35 PM   #47
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ok..The PC it is! i will order it tonight! maybe ill get lucky and it will be here by monday..coco man, you are a lifesaver ty
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ok..The PC it is! i will order it tonight! maybe ill get lucky and it will be here by monday..coco man, you are a lifesaver ty
You're more than welcome. This machine will last your lifetime and do what you need right now.
At some future time, you might want to purchase the smaller 1/4 sheet pad sander - I find it very useful - but I don't think you will need a small R/O sander at all.
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OMG terra cotta tiles are the best! We had them in the kitchen of our last house and they are fabulous...a warm and inviting look, easy to clean, they don't show dirt, they are durable. The one draw back is if you drop a plate on them...end of story for plate. But that's true of basically any tile floor.

We had the slightly irregular ones, in terms of color...I think they are the "Mexican" variety/style. Not sure as we did not put them in.

While I agree with Keith that the big 6" Porter Cable is the best choice for the particular task at hand--your table tops... I always counsel people to get the most versatile tool possible. One benefit of the smaller, 1/4 sheet dewalt and similar is that you can use it for a wide variety of DIY tasks, like prepping walls for paint or taking down old paint, etc. The square shape allows you to get into corners where round sanders can't go. You can probably do all that too with the 6". I just hate to see more than 1/20 of your budget go to a tool that you might use rarely after this project. If you're going to do more furniture, then it is probably a good investment though.
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OMG terra cotta tiles are the best! We had them in the kitchen of our last house and they are fabulous...a warm and inviting look, easy to clean, they don't show dirt, they are durable. The one draw back is if you drop a plate on them...end of story for plate. But that's true of basically any tile floor.

We had the slightly irregular ones, in terms of color...I think they are the "Mexican" variety/style. Not sure as we did not put them in.

While I agree with Keith that the big 6" Porter Cable is the best choice for the particular task at hand--your table tops... I always counsel people to get the most versatile tool possible. One benefit of the smaller, 1/4 sheet dewalt and similar is that you can use it for a wide variety of DIY tasks, like prepping walls for paint or taking down old paint, etc. The square shape allows you to get into corners where round sanders can't go. You can probably do all that too with the 6". I just hate to see more than 1/20 of your budget go to a tool that you might use rarely after this project. If you're going to do more furniture, then it is probably a good investment though.
As you know ironlight, we have better than 1,000 square feet of the Mexican terra cotta tiles here. There's just something about them that is totally unlike any other tile. Yes, they are irregular, yes they have different shades, yes, they are very nice to walk on...almost like they massage your feet. And yes, they are a bit of a pain to install. And while I'm glad they are just about done, I'd probably do it all over again.

As for the sander, I firmly believe it is one of those tools that once you have it, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it...sorta like the Fein multitool, expensive - but when you need it there are times that nothing else will work at all and that's when it pays for itself.

My money says she's going to love that sander.
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well guys ..this just in: I went to order the pc sander but first decided to read the reviews...apparently there is a pc7336sander and a pc 7346sander. the pc7336 had rave reviews and the 7346 had terrible reviews, so heres my new dilemma..
amazon sells the badly reviewed one (of course) and the one with lovely reviews, i can only find used. the cost of them used is even higher at 170.00 minimum.
Am i a snob if i say i dont want a used one..?
Ugh these tedious descisions...

they also have highly reviewed bosch at amazon, nothing on craigslist to speak of, but there is one more possibility.....the pawn shop eh? I'll have to sleep on this one. nighty night peeps
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btw ironlight..its a no go on the self portrait..we are definetly beating a dead horse here...maybe the chatroom gods hate me who knows?
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btw ironlight..its a no go on the self portrait..we are definetly beating a dead horse here...maybe the chatroom gods hate me who knows?
Sometimes you just can't win. These guys are pretty good at getting this stuff posted. Maybe ask a mod for help?
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well guys ..this just in: I went to order the pc sander but first decided to read the reviews...apparently there is a pc7336sander and a pc 7346sander. the pc7336 had rave reviews and the 7346 had terrible reviews, so heres my new dilemma..
amazon sells the badly reviewed one (of course) and the one with lovely reviews, i can only find used. the cost of them used is even higher at 170.00 minimum.
Am i a snob if i say i dont want a used one..?
Ugh these tedious descisions...

they also have highly reviewed bosch at amazon, nothing on craigslist to speak of, but there is one more possibility.....the pawn shop eh? I'll have to sleep on this one. nighty night peeps
Good morning leiona...I just checked the model number on my Porter cable, and it is 7336. Perhaps that is why it's still going strong. I don't know the difference between the 7336 and the 7346, but maybe you can find out what it is by finding the Porter cable website...just a thought.

The price on the 7336 at the local dealer here in western Canada is about $200, and believe it or else, that hasn't changed in about 20 years.

Ebay perhaps?
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OK, visited the Porter Cable website, and it seems that they have replaced the 7336 with the 7346.

There are some minor changes in the appearance, but the biggest change I can find is going from a 3.7 amp motor to a 4.5 amp motor. I would think that's a good thing.

I visited a couple of other sites for reviews and didn't run across anything negative, except for one fellow who said he didn't like the vibration. The rest of his review was all good.

In case you aren't aware, all random orbital sanders will have some vibration. Some people it bothers, others not so much. You can buy a special glove to use with these machines if it bothers you, which helps to absorb the vibration.

Maybe because I have used one for so many years I really don't notice it. I think if you have a little experience with this machine, you will soon learn how to use it correctly.

As with any sander, LET THE MACHINE DO THE WORK, that's what it's for. Don't lean on it hard, that never works. Keep the pad flat to the work and keep the sandpaper sharp. As soon as it wears out - toss it.

I would be willing to bet that the guy who didn't like the vibration didn't keep the pad flat on his work. That's guaranteed to make it vibrate.
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...hmmmm ok I'm just nervous to waste my $ you know? the reviews i was more worried about were the ones who said it stopped working and the on off switch broke etc, etc...but vibrations dont scare me.....especially not Good Vibrations lol.. a little orbital humor there

I'm gonna check the pawn shop and if they dont have one i'm just going to buy one from a reputable place where i can return it if something goes south.

The PC orbital WILL be mine!!

tune in later for pics of this fabulous (lol) desk i'm gonna build tonight
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there is a harbor freight, lowes, and home depot about 35 miles away. thats probably where i'll go to get the thing plus a jawhorse to be my friend
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Ok coco, heres my loose knots..i had to enter them seperately so i could make the pics bigger
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