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  • Planer to sander conversion

    Okay folks. I have a what may be totally ridiculous question but due to space limitations in my garage (shop) and for financial reasons, I gotta ask. Can a planer be converted to a sander by using a variable speed controller and removing the cutting blades and wrapping the drum with sandpaper? It seems to me that both a sander and planer work in much the same manner; one with cutting blades and the other with sandpaper. The only thing I can think of that may prevent this type of conversion would be the speed in which the stock is fed through.

    If it’s not feasible with planers as currently designed, then maybe it would be a good idea for a future design (that is if it doesn’t already exist). Don’t bust a gut or fall out of your chair laughing but I would really like to know if anyone has ever thought of or actually tried this as well as opinions or ideas on how to do this or if it’s even feasible.