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Re: Non Stabilized Wood For Handles?

Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:30 pm

For belts I use almost exclusively 3M belts these days.

I use the 984F for metal removal, the Trizact CF (Gator) for metal polishing, the 3M ScotchBrite for metal polishing after the Gator belts, the 341D for my "X" weight wood, and the 707E for my "J" weight belt.

If you don't know....."X" weight is stiff, "J" is flexible. And by flexible, they mean like paper thin flexible. The "J" weight is good for contours and such.

I know the 3M 984F isn't available in 1x30, but the Blaze Belt from Norton is. I would recommend it if you want a metal removal belt. Supergrit sells the Blaze in 1x30:

http://www.trugrit.com/belts1.htm

I use 36 and 80 grit metal removal and "X" weight wood belts, 120/240/400 grit "X" weight and "J" weight wood, the A160 and A65 Gator belts, and the coarse/medium/and fine Scotchbrite belts.

Re: Non Stabilized Wood For Handles?

Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:35 pm

I will check tomorrow when I go out into my shed, but I think I have a box of 1x30 belts out there somewhere.

Re: Non Stabilized Wood For Handles?

Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:39 pm

Thanks Tim. If you have any laying around that you don't need, I'd rather buy them from you than someone else.

Adam - Thanks for the info. I will see what Tim's got and then go from there.

Re: Non Stabilized Wood For Handles?

Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:49 pm

I actually found the box!!! Took a few extra days to find it in the dust pile :) I will blow the dust off and see what I have in there tomorrow :) The scotchbrite belts work well for satin finishing a bolster and stuff and I have some coarser ceramics for thinning and some finer AO belts for handles I think.

I do have a Grizzly 2x72 here that needs a new contact wheel (I removed the orig one to use on my KMG), and a frankengrinder that uses 1x30 or 2x30 belts and 1/2 and 1" small contact wheels for doing finger grooves and stuff with a motor attached. I have a bunch of 2x30 belts as well for that machine. I got some 1x42 belts at some point, not sure where those went?

Re: Non Stabilized Wood For Handles?

Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:53 pm

Oh, I usually use 3M Ceramic (orange ones) or the Zirconium belts from Norton for blade work up to 120 grit and then go to Trizac CF (gators) to A30 (600 grit) with my variable speed machine. Handles, I rough out at 36 grit Aluminum Oxide (cheap belts), clean up at 60 grit AO and get the basic contours roughed in, then a stiffer 120grit AO, then switch to the J Flex belts from USA Knifemaker with the brown grit and go from 220, 400 600 with those. The yellow J Flex belts work nicely in 220, 320, 400 grits as well. The scallopped ones help keep the edge of the belt from digging into the handle, but they are only 1" wide.

Re: Non Stabilized Wood For Handles?

Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:55 pm

Not sure I can convince the wife that I need to buy another grinder/sander when the 1x30 is still in the box....lol although it would be cool to have one setup for wood and one setup for metal.

Let me know what you find for 1x30 belts and how much you want for them. Like I said, I'd rather buy them from you if you aren't using them than from some box store or website.
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