sanding

Random-Orbit Sanders (AW)

How they work, how to choose the right one and tips for better results.   by Richard Tendick           Random-orbital sanders are terrific time-saving machines. They can remove milling marks left by a tablesaw, jointer or planer in no time flat. As simple as they are to...

Tool News – Dremel Trio

Dremel recently announced the new Trio. It's a tool that has three basic functions: cut, sand, and rout. It's designed for flexibility. With powerful, 360-degree cutting technology and plunge-cut ability, the Trio makes quick and controlled cuts in wood, plastic, drywall, metal and wall tile. It's also great for intricate sanding...

Cool Tip

      Changing the sanding sleeves on a spindle sander can be as tough as removing an old rusty bolt. Next time, try this trick: Put the drum in your freezer for 15 minutes. The cold will shrink the rubber drum and the sanding sleeve will almost fall off.  ...

Fingertip Protection

          I discovered the hard way that sanding on a lathe can be hard on the fingers. Now, to protect my fingers, I cut the fingertips off a latex-dipped work glove and wear one or two of the fingertips while sanding. Not only does this protect my...

Dual-Grit Disc Sanding

      My disc sander is indispensable for both quick wood removal and final smoothing. I got tired of changing and wasting discs every time I needed a different grit, though, so I made one disc out of two. To make the dual-grit disc, I lay two 12-in. discs together,...

Hand Sanding Block

Useful and Convenient — These sanding blocks belong in any shop. by Dave Munnkitrick Isaac Fischer, Jr., of Springfield, Vt., patented sandpaper on June 14, 1834. Shortly after that, presumably, sanding blocks were invented. Sanding blocks apply even pressure over the entire surface of the paper. This makes sanding by hand...

Super Sandpaper

      Whenever I was sanding by hand, the sandpaper would roll or slide in my hands, eventually tearing and turning into small, useless scraps. I tried folding it every which way until I finally solved the problem with a little spray adhesive. Now I cut a sheet of sandpaper...