Charles Brock: Making chairs with the RAS 115 Sander.

Sunday, August 1, 2010 | Reader Comments | Sanders | Reviews

RAS 115: A dream wood sculpting machine, by Charles Brock

Several years ago at the Festool IWF booth, I told one of the reps what type of work I do and he said you've got to try the "Termite Tool!" Full of woodworker's cynicism , I thought, Yeah! Just another grinder. I didn't try it, so I continued to shape my rocking chair seats using a grinder with a carbide wheel attachment while turning my shop's air into a dusty haze. My only alternative was to go outside on a windy day and let my neighbor deal with the dust. As usual, necessity is the mother of ..... well? How about "Change!"

I was planning my first Seven Day Build Your Maloof Inspired Rocker Class and was worried about the air quality and the mess when the five students started sculpting their seats in the classroom. I was afraid the air would look like a 1970s rock concert. Festool to the rescue! Thanks to the help from the staff at Highland Woodworking and the Festool Representative, Dan Durant, they put together a group of three Festool RAS 115 sanders and their CT 22 Dust Extractors. How did that "change" work for me?

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