Power Tools & You: Sanders for the New & Nervous

Power Tools & You: Sanders for the New & Nervous

AT Video
Jun 11, 2017

So you've conquered your fear of the drill and are ready for a new challenge. But never fear! We're here to help you tap into your inner-power-tool-using-strength. Let's begin.

Thank yourself for showing up. Thank yourself for taking on a new and exciting challenge. Deep breath. Let's begin.

Make sure your workspace is clear of clutter and anything flammable. Your clothing should be close to the body and your hair held back from your face. Remove any jewelry or watches. Put on your protective eye wear and a sanding mask. Remain cool, calm and confident.

Now different sanders are right for different jobs. Based off of who you are and what you want to do (follow your bliss) make a choice that best suits your needs. Consult your instruction manual for specific directions. We'll be using a random orbital sander for reference, as it is a beginner-friendly, multi-use tool. You will also want to chose the grain of sandpaper that is right for your project.

Your sander is here to help you smooth rough surfaces with ease. Get to know your sander. Draw a wavy line across your surface, this will help you create a smooth and even finish as you move along the grain. Also, waves are relaxing. Secure the item to be sanded. If you have a vacuum attachment on your sander, turn it on to keep your area dust and shaving free.


-Keep the sander even with the surface, do not press down with overt force. Let the sander do the work.

-Always keep the sander moving. Getting stuck in one spot will create an uneven surface.

-Let the sander get up to speed before making contact with the surface. Lift the sander off of the surface before turning it off.

-Be sure to vacuum up your work area after use, to remove any excess wood shavings or dust.

Special thanks to Priscilla Van Houten, founder and owner of The DIY Joint in Hoboken, New Jersey.

You probably already know this, but this is just a guide. Please consult your individual instruction manual for specific instructions. Apartment Therapy is not responsible for any injuries that may occur, not that you'll have any — believe in yourself.

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