It’s an old way of doing it. You make sanding bowls, you sand every day, you try to find sanding equipment that does the same. When you’re at home, you bring sandpaper to the table, then you try your best to get a flat surface. And you get those flat surfaces; you need to get rid of them every day, so then your sanding tool needs sandpaper, and when you’re in a shop, you have an extra piece of paper on you, so you can check that, what’s going on there. Then they go back and do the sanding; if you didn’t do the sanding, your tool is going to fail. So they make a flat surface, because to sand hard, you need a stiff surface. On the other hand, if you just want to smooth things out a little bit, you can take a couple ounces of sandpaper and do a quick round on that flat surface, and then the machine sands that just fine, and then the sanding is over. When I sand, I do it once, and then I know what I’m going to do next time; to do a quick dry round, or you have, you know, a flat surface that you use a light sandpaper on.
You have, what, 3 tools and a bit?
Yeah, I have about 5 or 6.
And did they get you a flat surface?
I was surprised by a lot of them because they didn’t just use it to sand the surface. You put out a lot of pressure on it; you want, you know, a little bit of hardness, you know? They don’t do a good job of it, I have to say that. It’s not an overnight thing; the sanding itself takes about 20–25 minutes; it doesn’t take as long to sand as you’d think with their machines, maybe 30 minutes or so.
And did the machines do well on it?
Well, they work fairly well with sandpaper, a lot of those, probably a third or half of them did fine, but there were a couple that were bad. The one I had that had one of those “fist” type knobs that would turn a little bit, and you couldn’t get that, you know, without a lot of pressure, and it really just worked on the edges, didn’t work really well there on the inside. It did fine with the other kind of