But these models still come in handy, especially for sanding a large surface. For instance, I'll use my finish sander on a large table top with 320-grit paper to get an ultra-smooth surface. It's a lot easier than doing the same thing with a sanding block by hand.
So far, the sanders I've talked about are all designed for flat surfaces. But what can you do when it's time to sand moldings or other curved surfaces? The answer may be found in a detail sander (above right).
Detail sanders take a multitude of forms. Most offer interchangeable heads with shaped profiles designed to get into tight spaces or match common moldings. These shapes include coves and beads of all sizes. Like a finish sander, detail sanders work in a back-and-forth motion, so you'll need to keep it moving with the grain. Another option for detailed, curved profiles is a hand-held, oscillating spindle sander shown in the box below.
Benchtop spindle sanders have been around for a long time and are handy for smoothing curves. The oscillating spindle minimizes sanding marks while providing an aggressive cutting action. They're great for most sanding jobs, but what do you do when you can't bring the workpiece to the tool?
Well, Porter-Cable's portable oscillating spindle sander allows you to bring the tool to the work. And that has some big advantages, especially when it comes to working on large, curved workpieces.
HOW IT HANDLES. This sander feels more like a router than a sander, so it's a breeze to work with and control. The base offers good visibility, making it easy to follow a pencil line. I like to use it for cleaning up the saw marks after making curved cuts with a jig saw or band saw. And since the sander accepts drums from Vi to 2" in diameter, you can get into the tight curves easily.
TABLE-MOUNTING OPTION. To get the best of both worlds, you can buy a mounting plate (similar to a router table baseplate) and fit the sander in a table. This allows you make a quick conversion to a benchtop sander. Refer to Sources on page 51 for more information on the sander and baseplate.
Whatever type of sander you're using, it's going to produce a lot of fine dust. In addition to keeping the air in your shop breathable, dust collection in the sander also improves the quality of the finish by removing the small particles that would otherwise be ground back into the wood. Dust extraction also prevents the sandpaper from loading up too quickly.
Most sanders have dust collection ports that are easily adaptable for your dust collector or shop vacuum. Then it's just a matter of hooking up a hose and getting down to business.
Modern sanders have taken some of the tedium out of sanding. And by choosing the best tool and technique for your projects, you'll be assured of good results. 09
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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.