Essentially, this tool will take a slab up to capacity size, that is warped, twisted or cupped, surface mill it and sand it one side at a time.
I observed first hand a days worth of work done in an hour, yielding a result where I might spend maybe another thirty minutes with an orbital and 320 grit and then I am ready to finish. If there are any splits, you would want to wait until after the milling, install the bowties and then complete your sanding. The milling alone leaves a surface that is smooth enough to go right to 180 grit. With the machine’s 8″ diameter sanding pad, it won’t take long. Might be worth a trip back to the mill after bowties are installed. OR, as in my case with my test slab, we sanded to 180, smooth with some light sanding marks. I will install bowties and then sand to 320 or 400 overall.
The Wood Surfacer’s capacity is 56″ wide by 11′ 8″ length by 8″ high. The 5″ diameter cutter head has five carbide bits. An 8″ sanding disk attaches over the cutter head avoiding the time needed to switch heads.
The shop rate is $125.00 per hour. HCWG members receive a 10% discount. Members must show their current membership card in advance to receive the discount. Members are not allowed to operate the machinery.
2 Aug 2020 – revised link to reflect reorganization to HCWG Channel on YouTube.