This blog is about how to use orbital sander on furniture. There are a couple of things you’ll learn quickly. When you’re using power. Sanders uses one with too little power for the task, and it can take forever, too much power, and you’ll see how fast you can ruin your project.
How To Use Orbital Sander On Furniture?
That’s where it’s good to have a random orbit sander. It falls somewhere in between a heavy-duty belt sander, and a light-duty finish sander. They may have a pistol grip, right angle grip, or a palm grip, but they’re distinguishable by the disc-shaped sanding pad. Depending on the type you have, you’ll install the sanding sheet with a peel and stick adhesive or a hook and loop disk.
This round sanding pad vibrates in tiny loops and at the same time, it spins in circles. This prevents swirl marks and it also works fast. So hold the sander firmly. It’s strong enough to skip away on you. But don’t press down on it. Just use the weight of your arm. You want to cover the surface evenly. So, you can use pencil marks as a guide and keep it moving that an even smooth pace of about one inch per second and overlap your passes letting less than half the pad go past the edge. Don’t press on it, you’ll create scratches and you’ll also slow the machine down. Also, don’t let dust build up it prevents the sander from doing its job. Keep the dust collector clean or hook up a shop back. This lets the sander work faster and keeps the air cleaner.
Don’t tilt it, keep it level or you’ll leave marks or you could round off edges. The random orbit sander has the power to remove wood quickly, but it’s not as aggressive as about sander and its motion prevents swirl marks that you can get with a finished sander makes it useful for DIY-ers, especially for these tasks. If you’ve got an uneven surface that needs smoothing out, smoothing out over rough spots after using a belt sander or quickly sanding a surface when you’re working from rough to find your grit sandpapers.
Here are some more helpful tips. Always wear eye protection, hearing protection, and a dust mask. You’ll usually find five or six-inch size discs here a series of DIY-ers go for the six-inch disc, it’ll make your job faster. The hook and loop pads tend to be more expensive, but they’re faster to change than adhesive pads. Unplug the tool before changing the pads or emptying the dust collector so you don’t hit the trigger accidentally. Check the trigger to be sure it’s in the off position before plugging it in. And never arrest the sander on your project.