Important note; A couple of months ago, we received a large shipment of the boxes we package our Bowsanders in. Due to a mix-up at the packaging supplier, they used the old, several years out-of-date art work on the box (grrrr!). This old packaging features the “House of Dunstone” logo and website that we no longer use . Our first reaction was to throw all the packaging out. But the box still works and the bowsander is as good as ever, so why throw it all out due to a printing error? There is already enough waste in this world without us adding to it. Your Bowsander will come in an out-of-date box until we run out of that stock.- Evan Dunstone August 2020
The MacFarlane Bowsander evolved over nearly five years of real production-workshop development. Not only is the MacFarlane Bowsander simple and efficient, it is also beautiful. Made from rock maple with either jarrah or red gum handles, and featuring an oil finish, the MacFarlane Bowsander looks as good as it performs.
The MacFarlane Bowsander will change the way you sand shaped woodwork. Our Workshop Manager, Alex MacFarlane, developed the bowsander to help us sand the complex three dimensional shapes that are a feature of so much of our furniture. The MacFarlane Bowsander is ideal for chair makers, furniture makers, sculptors, boat builders, rocking horse makers, wood turners, surf board makers, luthiers, R/C aircraft makers, gunsmiths, duck decoy makers and even metal workers.
“I bought one of the first Macfarlane Bowsanders from Evan a few months ago when he presented a talk at the Sturt Woodworking School in Mittagong. An interesting concept that had hope of good promise. Since then I have found use after use for it. Curved parts of any shape all sand so much easier than by hand that I am amazed no one has come up with this idea before. Very grateful for a very useful tool to add to my arsenal. Thank you Evan and co, an exceptional find!”- Phil Bynes, NSW
The most difficult aspect of the MacFarlane Bowsander to perfect was the specialist abrasive.
“The abrasive for the Bowsander needs to resist stretching, yet be supple and flexible. We tried over 20 different abrasive products before we settled on the right one. In the end, we had to import the abrasive in large rolls directly from Poland. We have to slice the large rolls in to 32mm wide strips, then process them in to rolls long enough to provide three strips. Believe it or not, this is the most difficult part of producing the Bowsanders.”– Evan Dunstone.
Dimensions: 520mm l x 100 H x 32mm W
Timber Types: rock maple spine (for flexiability) jarrah or red gum handles (for weight and hardness).