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the old (new) grind(er)

While working on Flirt I came across one of those annoying little facets of sanding. Obviously the first one is that it is hard work. The other was that I would go through a sanding disc ever foot of hull or so. (The seasprite is full/long keeled, so there is a lot under the water). While this meant I needed to buy a lot of sanding discs, it was getting hard to get them. I managed to exhaust the supply at three big box stores and several mom&pop hard ware stores of 6″ stick on discs for my drill. Occasionally they would come in and I would nab them up (or somebody would get there before me.. they appear to be in demand) and I thought about taking apart my old orbital sander to use the head on my drill..

And along comes DeWalt to the rescue with just such a tool. The took their corded drill and after removing the clutch end, grafted on the business end of an orbital, minus the random movement part. To this they added a dust cover and a tube to direct the dust where you want it.

I should have patented the idea when I thought of it!

dewalt sander

The nice thing about it is that it is shorter than the standard drill, so it gets into places it can’t.. like between the legs of my trailer and the hull. Now I need to fit a hose to it that will fit through the open holes of my thruhulls and into a wet/dry van and I can sand with impunity inside the confines of flirt and not come out looking like a ‘glass encrusted ghost

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.


  1. Nice man, hope it works for ya…we burned through 2 orbital sanders in the process of fixing up “Firefly,” and I won’t lie, I’m glad to be done grinding. It’ll be worth it!

  2. Well, I did find one “issue” with this sander. I had to remove the dust shield/vacuum attachment. I could not see what I was doing with the sanding disc with it in place. Thankfully it is just a matter of undoing a clamp

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