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Door Sander
A woodworking sanding machine that is used for through sanding doors and panels.

a tool from rockler.
A view of the Powermatic WB-43, 43" Sander, 25HP 3PH 230/460V with DRO from Rockler

I used to have a huge old belt sander that had belts at a guess a minimum of 20 feet long and 8" wide. The door (or anything else) was placed on a sliding table that had a height adjustment so that it could be brought close to the belt. The trick was to use a hand paddle something like a concretor's wooden float on top of the moving belt (with the rest of the belt about 3ft over head) and smoothly move up and down on top of the door all the while sliding the table in and out to achieve (hopefully) a smooth finish.

I don't have a photograph of it unfortunately, you'd laugh if you could see it. It was a real "ball tearer". The slightest mistake and the door was stuffed. Oh, what I would have given for one of these modern machines.

The machine sander in the photograph above is a typical drum sander that has a capacity of sanding up to 43" wide. The DRO refers to digital Read Out. It is a factory machine capable of running all day every day.

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