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Makita BO5021K Random Orbit Sander – Product Review

My first Makita. The BO5021K; will it be better than my old Porter Cable palm sander? Many years ago, I bought a Porter Cable random orbit sander (ROS) which served me well for a number of years, but I knew I was in trouble when it suddenly became a variable speed sander and shouldn’t have. The motor was about to kick the bucket and I had come to rely heavily on that little sander, so a new one was a necessity. But, with all of the sanders on the market, which one should I buy? There are heavy duty six inch sanders with heavy duty prices. I wasn’t sure I needed that – my little Porter Cable did the trick for many years, so I decided pretty quickly to stay with a five inch model. I am an on-line member at Fine Woodworking.com. This membership gives me access to a ton of information. Many of the past articles from Fine Woodworking magazine are there including product reviews. I found one which gave Makita’s six inch …

The new workbench: dealing with sawdust

got started on the new workbench over the weekend. I managed to cut the 2×4 legs to size on Saturday. These are the typical 2×4’s you get at Home Depot. They are straight, but have defects in them. I took some time to hit them with my palm sander. The dust was unbelievable (the photo is of sawdust in case you didn’t know). Not as bad as MDF mind you, but pretty bad. And, with the defects, slight dings and such, I need to sand as many of these out of the legs as possible. Why would a manufacturer make a sander that could not be easily connected to either a shop vac or a dust collection system? My sander has a very small port that I have not been able to find a hose or adapter to fit to my Delta dust collector. It’s another thing to add to my woodworking “to do” list – find a way to connect the sander to my dust collector. The good news is that as of this …