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Caning Shop's Gourd Sander is built with
the same powerful motor as our Gourd Saw. A precise,
lightweight orbital sander coupled with our unique hook and loop
sanding sponges, easily finishes the contours of your gourd, even
in the hard to reach neck area. Our thinner sanding sponges transmit
all the sanding action to the gourd surface, unlike tools with
thick sponges that absorb the orbital action. This means less
wear and tear on your wrist and arm. Because the Gourd Sander
is 15V-olt, you can wet sand with our long-lasting Abralon sanding
sponges and not have to worry about getting a shock. Wet sanding
is preferable because it keeps the sanding surface clearner so
that the grit lasts longer.
also keeps the dust out of the air. It comes with 6 long-lasting
Abralon sanding sponge pads: 2 each 180 grit, 2 each 500 grit,
and 2 each 1000 grit equivalent.
Why would you want to sand your gourd? The shell of the gourd is a virtually waterproof surface. Any finish or dye that is applied to the shell will just sit on the surface. By sanding the shell, with a 180 grit sanding sponge, you break through the waterproof surface without scratching the shell. Following up with a 500 grit and then 1000 grit, you provide an almost polished surface, but now permeable. Buff the surface, after sanding with the 1000 grit, for an increased shine.
The sanded and polished surface will amaze you. While the shell of an unsanded gourd is lovely, it is flat. The sanded and polished surface has depth and beauty that you would imagine only a fine piece of hardwood could have. You will discover an unimaginable appeal from your effort.
Any dye applied to the surface will be absorbed by the skin. The result is a richer dyed surface that is less prone to fade because the pigment is now inside the shell rather than sitting on the surface. Allow the dye to set overnight and when you return to your studio in the morning and pick up the gourd, the dye will stay on the gourd and not come off on your hands. A light buffing now will bring out the shine. Add a little neutral Angelus show wax and you’ll have a beautiful specimen.
word about the Abralon Sanding Sponges. The actual size of the
plate on the Gourd Sander is 2” x 2.5.” Your sanding
sponges have been cut from a 12” disk (it’s the only
way we can purchase them). Rather than making neat 2”x2.5”
rectangles and throwing away the scrap, we’ve cut your sponges
oversize and given you the extra material. Since with most of
your gourd sanding will be on a contour, we feel you’ll
make good use of the extra material.
Be sure to use these pads wet and rinse them out when you’re
finished. They are very high quality and will last a very long
The Gourd Sander is a 15-volt tool and requires
a transformer (power supply). Please note: THE SANDER WILL
NOT RUN WITHOUT A POWER SUPPLY. We recommend our #70029 Variable Speed Gourd
Power Supply for $39.95. We also carry adapter cords if you already
have a Proxxon (#70012 $4.95), Minicraft (#70003 $4.95) or Monster (#70012
$4.95) power supply (transformer).