Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains why he loves sanding and how it helps him get into the zone. He explains what he looks out for in a quality sanding job, and how crucial sanding is for the final product.
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Tom explains the different uses of a belt, finishing, and random orbit sander. He discusses the strengths and weaknesses of each sander and outlines what jobs are best for it.
Facts about Belt Sanders
- Before you start, be sure to stop.
- Keep your feet flat on the ground. This is an aggressive tool that can create grooves with any tilt.
- Follow the grain.
- Belt sanders are great for hard jobs on flat surfaces. This tool can quickly remove large amounts of material and is great for larger projects.
Fascinating Facts about Finish Sanders
- For materials that require only higher grit and light sanding.
- It can reach tight corners by oscillating back and forth.
- It is slower and more gentle than other sanders. Large areas can be time-consuming.
Random Orbit Sanders Facts
- A good compromise between a belt and finish sander.
- Rotates in a circle at different speeds. This is why it’s called “random”.
- It is quick and easy to get a lot off.
- This is the best type of sander for working with a wide range of grits.
Tom showed how a belt, finishing, and random orbit sander all work differently.
Tools & Materials
Finishing the sander
Random orbit sander