Sanding, boring as it may sound, is a basic woodworking skill that everyone who would like to excel in furnishing a project needs to master. Sanding is a crucial step that decides the overall quality of your project. Sanding removes minor texture blemishes, nicks, scratches, and open pores of the wood to make it more susceptible to stain and finish. Sanding also removes any surface glaze wood has accumulated from the heat of the planer blades as they come in contact with the natural resins. You need to thoroughly sand off these glazes to make sure that the finish you will apply to your wood will stick to the very pores.
It has been mentioned many times that the key to maximizing the potential of your tools is to know specifically what they will be perfect for. For starters, good ol’ sand paper will do the job but could be really straining and time-consuming. But if you got a bit of extra cash to spare, you can go on and purchase a power sander to make your job a whole lot easier. Since power tools are durable and can guarantee to cut the time required for sanding, it is a very good investment. Milwaukee M18 Sander is a good power tool to have since it is also convertible to a polisher. And to further improve our sanding skills, let us get to know the common sanding tools and what specific task they will be perfect for.
Belt sander are perfect for smoothing out large, flat surfaces. Its high speed and strength can really take care of those tough surfaces. Belt sander uses sanding belts which are continuous loops of reinforced abrasive cloth that fit over two cylindrical drums. It is important to remember when sanding to be parallel with the wood grains so you won’t damage the wood. Belt sanders may also come in 4 standard sizes: 3×18 inch, 3×21 inch, 3×24 inch, and 4×24 inch. The number refers to the size of the belt that can be attached to them. The most ideal size is 3×21-inch since it provides the best combination of speed, power, and balance. For novices, the 3×18-inch size might be easier to control.
Orbital sanders are easier to control than belt sanders. It is lighter and can be operated with one hand. It is ideal for smaller piece of project. Woodworkers use this tool to give that wood an extra smooth finish. Milwaukee’s Orbital Sander is a good choice in planning to this direction since most are convertible to a grinder.
It is important to keep in mind that each tool has its own capabilities and limitations. Knowing which tool is perfect for will not just keep your tool in good condition but will also prevent unwanted accidents. So pick up your power tools and polish your sanding skills to be another step closer tp becoming an expert in woodworking.