Tips for Better Sanding
Whether fairing a curve or flattening a tabletop, the right tools and techniques yield quality results
Synopsis: With thoughtful planning and the right tools, sanding doesn’t have to be tedious. Lon Schleining actually enjoys sanding! He approaches it in two stages: shaping and smoothing. The first step toward efficient sanding is to make sure you remove all the scratches from the previous tool, he says. He details how to tune and use a belt sander, how to use orbital and random-orbit machines, and the best way to hand-sand with a block. Then he demonstrates flattening a tabletop, fairing a curve, and how to use a downdraft table to get virtually dust-free sanding.
When I tell students in my woodworking classes at Cerritos College that sanding is one of my favorite activities, they usually look at me like I’m a little cracked. But the truth is, I look forward to sanding—especially that last hand-sanding, which tells me I’ve finished another job. With thoughtful planning and the…