Woodworking is smooth and easy with the right sander at your side
Picking the right sander for your needs can seem overwhelming, since there are so many options to choose from. Sander, like other shapers or oscillating multi-tools, come in all different shapes and sizes so that they can fit the scale of any project. You will first have to assess the type of work that your workshop will handle, then you can narrow down your choices. Often you will need more than one type of sander; you will need one sander to remove material and another to add the finishing touches.
Machines like thickness planers are great for taking material out of your project quickly, but sometimes you need a bit of a softer touch. Cutting three inches out of a board is certainly a task for a thickness planer, but sanding a bump or imperfection out of your lumber requires a more delicate hand. Large tabletop sanders such as belt sanders or disc sanders are great for removing chunks of material while allowing you greater control over the details, reducing the likelihood that you will cut out too much and have to start over.
For finer work, a hand tool is appropriate. An orbital or random oscillating sander is the preferred style of hand sander because it moves the grit or sandpaper in a random circular motion, ensuring that there will be no telltale circles left behind. As you move over your project, the sander refines and evens out the surface of your project until it is perfectly glassine or silky smooth. Most orbital sanders allow you to change out the grit so you can work your way down from rough sanding to finish sanding. When you're considering buying an orbital sander, remember that some oscillating devices, such as the Dremel, can be used both as sanders and multi-tools, giving you more bang for your buck.
Hand sanders are an inexpensive way to get the job done as well, but they do require a lot more elbow grease. With a hand sander, you choose your type of sanding grit, mesh or paper and attach it to a hand tool, which is essentially a block with a little handle. You get the most control with this method, since you can feel the wood beneath your hand. Of course, you will have to apply some pressure for rough sanding. Likewise, finish sanding will require patience and persistence. While they do require more effort, hand sanders are a great and relaxing way to add a lot of personal flavor to your project.
If you plan to do a lot of carpentry or woodworking, then you will definitely need a couple of sanders to help you get the job done right. Purchasing a couple good sanders will save you time and effort in the long run, as you get a perfect shape and finish every time. If you are looking for a table sander or hand sander to use on your next project, look no further than Sears. Here you will find a variety of sanders in all shapes and sizes from quality brands you know and trust.