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RECALLS #5: Mirka Extends Recall of Compact Electric Random Orbital Sanders Due to Fire Hazard

Recall Date: January 27, 2015 Recall Number: 15-064 Mirka Extends Recall of Compact Electric Random Orbital Sanders Due to Fire Hazard Recall Summary Name of Product: Random orbital sanders Hazard: The sander can short circuit, posing a...

RECALLS #1: Mirka Recalls Compact Electric Random Orbital Sanders Due to Fire Hazard

I don’t have to worry about this recall . . . I can’t afford a Mirka! Recall Date: June 4, 2014 Recall Number: 14-199 Mirka Recalls Compact Electric Random Orbital Sanders Due to Fire Hazard WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers should stop using...

Ramblings from a South Central Texas Wood Butcher #3: Riding the Sander

As mentioned in and earlier blog, I taught middle school and high school shop, another lifetime ago. Now, most folks would think that middle school students would be the squirrlyest, but not so for me. My two years in the middle school shop...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #6: Sander in action video

I finally got around to doing a video today for those who wanted to see this little sander up and running. It also covers the often asked question about how you hand feed one of these without catastrophic accidents involving the subject piece...

RECALLS #11: This Mirka ROS recall includes more sanders

Recall Date: May 31, 2016 Recall Number: 16-182 Mirka Recalls Electric Random Orbital Sanders Due to Fire Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Mirka-Recalls-Electric-Random-Orbital-Sanders/ Recall Summary Name of Product: Random...

Drum Sander speed control repair #1: I need help to identify a component on speed control circuit board

My drum sander’s conveyor recently quit. We were able (with help) to narrow down the problem to a component on the speed control. My husband said he is willing to attempt to solder on a new component (a new circuit board is over $240) but after...

Drum Sander speed control repair #2: PTL! It works!

I can’t express how thankful I am for all the help in getting my sander’s conveyor running again. Living in the middle of nowhere, I was unable to find a vendor for the bridge rectifier within an hour of here so I ordered one (actually two)...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #1: How little can I get away with building?

This blog was originally written in November 2011 I’ve just returned to my winter home / shop in Arizona. At home I have all the tools and lots of space but here I have 1/2 a garage and a much smaller budget. That’s no reason not to have all...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #5: Test drive, she works a treat!

Well, the velcro kit arrived yesterday afternoon but just as I got it installed a friend showed up and made me go golfing so I didn’t get to try it out until this morning. The results are better than I had hoped. It adjusts quite easily either...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #4: Tuning up

So I went out to the shop this morning, all set to get the sander all tuned up and ready for the velcro kit which should arrive today. Unfortunately I didn’t get to do much tuning up because everything was OK. First I stuck a straight edge on...