Great Gift for a DIYer: Electric Sander

DIY Sourcelist: Under $100

I was just using my electric sander, which I’ve owned for more than 10 years now, to sand down the spackle job I did on my bathroom walls. I’ve decided to wallpaper and wanted a smooth surface. My parents gave it to me as a birthday gift since I’ve always been interested in DIY projects, mostly refinishing furniture.

I’ve moved what seems like a hundred times since then, lived in big cities on both coasts, and in teeny tiny apartments. This sander has always made the cut with the very few essentials that have traveled with me between moves 3,000 miles across.

I’ve used the sander on used furniture to make one-of-a-kind pieces, lent it to friends for their own DIY needs, and will likely use it when I eventually remove this new wallpaper.

It’s the only electric tool I own and it’s literally smaller than a shoebox so I can store it away in my limited closet space. My Makita model isn’t available anymore (BO4551) but I've listed a similar one below, along with other highly rated sanders you might want to try, all under $100: