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Router table surface smoothing

WindburnWindburn Registered User regular
I recently purchased a Bosch RA1181 router table which has an aluminum top. It's a little rough and grabbing the wood. Has anyone had any luck sanding something like this before? If so, what grit? Wet or dry? Power or hand? etc. Thanks!

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  • SummaryJudgmentSummaryJudgment Today we will paint a mountain that owes us nothing. Registered User regular
    Windburn wrote: »
    I recently purchased a Bosch RA1181 router table which has an aluminum top. It's a little rough and grabbing the wood. Has anyone had any luck sanding something like this before? If so, what grit? Wet or dry? Power or hand? etc. Thanks!

    I don't really think you would sand metal?

    You're probably going to want to do
    something like using a double ought steel wall and then going down to 0000 steel wool and then finishing with polishing compound

    You should be able to buy a buffing
    pad for like a little handheld orbital

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  • RadiationRadiation Registered User regular
    edited October 12
    Paste wax should take care of it

    Radiation on
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    Xaquin
  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    A flap disk on a cheap angle grinder will do it quick and cheap, basically a hard layered sandpaper disk meant for deburring or descaling metal. Cheap ones are usually aluminum oxide but better ones are silicon carbide or zircon.

    tinwhiskers
  • WindburnWindburn Registered User regular
    Thank you for the help and advice. I'm pretty happy with the outcome.

    Thought some of you might like to see the before and after images.
    I used a combination rotary and ROB sander with progressively finer grit (50 to 1200), followed by polishing with Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish, and finally paste wax.

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    After
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  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    Awesome, that gave a way better result than my suggestion would have.

  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    that is just beautiful

  • WindburnWindburn Registered User regular
    Thanks!
    :)

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