Power to the Craftspeople
Whether you're an occasional DIYer or you like to make furniture for a hobby, you understand the need for a power sander. It not only helps to reduce the time spent on finishing wood, it also does a better job than sanding with paper and elbow grease.
A lightweight detail sander fits just right in your hand, making it easy to maneuver around curves, between chair spindles and along the edges of hardwood moldings without losing control and without tiring. The orbital abrasive action removes wood efficiently and in a fraction of the time it takes with the back-and-forth motion of hand-sanding.
Less Dust Means Better Results
Conventional sanders quickly turn your work site into a dust bowl. And it's more than just a mess: the dust that's not in the air is all over the wood, making it progressively more difficult to see what you're doing and creating a layer that actually makes sanding less efficient. Sanders with dust collection keep your work space — and your work — clean, for fast results.
Need wood filler? Your sander can provide you with a ready supply — just mix the dust you've collected with clear epoxy glue or lacquer to create a wood filler that's a perfect color match.
Keep in mind that, even with dust collection, you should wear a NIOSH-approved dust mask approved for protection from sanding dust – not paint fumes – while using a sander. Dust from many familiar hardwoods, including ash, mahogany and oak, can irritate your respiratory system.
A Tool for Tough Wood
Because of their closer grain and higher density, hardwoods usually are more difficult to sand than softwoods, and erasing scratches and saw marks with a sanding block can be a tedious and seemingly futile task. With an operating speed up to 14,000 orbits per minute, a detail sander exponentially multiplies the abrasive power of the sandpaper, efficiently cutting into the grain of even dense hardwoods and turning a tedious task into a relaxing one.
TIP: Using coarse sandpaper to remove material quickly tends to leave tiny circular scratches in the wood. Remove these by sanding with progressively finer grits up to 180-grit. A final hand-sanding along the grain with 180-grit paper provides the finishing touch.
WARNING: Sanding a finish, such as polyurethane or linseed oil, produces flammable dust that can self-ignite. To help to avoid fires, empty the bag frequently and carefully follow the coating manufacturer’s instructions for disposal.
Getting the Most from Your Sander
You rarely need to bear down on a detail sander while it's doing its job. In fact, putting too much weight on it only slows it down and inhibits the cutting action of the sandpaper. For best results, hold your sander with one hand, adjusting it as needed to get the most effective grip. Sanders that offer multiple gripping positions tend to be the most effective and comfortable to use. Remember to let the sander do the hard part: As it moves into corners, you may want to shift the weight to concentrate on the leading tip of the pad, but there’s no need. Doing so uses unnecessary sandpaper and elbow grease — it's better to keep things steady and let the sander handle the job.