Making Popper Mouths with Abranet Sanding Discsby Kermett Adams on 02/25/13
I have found another great Abranet sanding product since I first mentioned my discovery of the Abranet sanding strips.
I use a 5 inch disc sander to make the angled face on popper lures. Until recently I had been using a 120 grit conventional sandpaper disc on the disc sander. As with other uses of sandpaper I had the problem of the grit in the sandpaper loading up after sanding only a few popper faces. Even with frequent cleaning with a small wire brush the sanding disc was short lived at best. After I saw how great the Abranet sanding strips were for sanding lures in the lathe I bought some of the 5 inch Abranet sanding discs to try on the disc sander.
Once I received the sanding discs I discovered that they have a hook and loop type attachment and there was no adhesive backing to attach it to the metal face of my 5 inch disc sander. I contacted the site where I purchased the Abranet sanding grip discs and learned that they have a Conversion Pad made just for this.
The conversion pad has the adhesive backing to attach to the sander and the Abranet sanding disc attaches to the Conversion Pad. The Mirka Abranet 5 inch Mesh Grip Disc 100G, Qty. 10 is what I purchased at this Mirka site link;
9A-232-1000-10, Mirka Abranet 5 in. Mesh Grip Disc 10 for only $10.95
The Mirka Conversion Pad - PSA to Grip, 5 inch, Qty 1 is what I purchased at this Mirka site link; 1105, Mirka Conversion Pad - PSA to Grip, 5, Qty 1
You can purchase just 1 conversion pad for as little as $2.73
This Abranet sanding product is self cleaning just like the sanding strips. So far I still have the first Abranet disc I installed on my sander and after making many poppers faces with it there is no sign of wear or buildup. If you still have not tried your hand at making popper fishing lures here is a link a video I made showing how I make them;How to Make Mouth in Wooden Popper Lures
Here you can look at the rotary burr cutting tool I use to cut the popper mouths; Lure Making Parts,Kits,&Tools
Good fishing this spring,
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