Sanding can be a messy job. It can also be dangerous if you aren't careful. Here's how to use a sander with safety in mind.
Things You'll Need
- Hair Clips
- Belt Sanders
- Finishing Sanders
- Orbital Sanders
- Rotary Sanders
- Safety Glasses
Pay attention to what you're doing at all times. Don't allow yourself to become distracted or daydream; this is when accidents are most likely to occur.
Be sure the workpiece is secured on the work surface. Use clamps if necessary.
Start a power sander before placing it on the workpiece.
Use both hands to control the sander.
Don't set the sander down until it has stopped moving.
Empty the dust bag frequently.
Do grinding work at a slight angle, with just the top third of the disk in contact with the workpiece.
Use light pressure, and don't lean into or onto the sander.
Keep the sander level as you move it across the workpiece.
Tips & Warnings
- Be especially cautious when switching from wood to metal surfaces - wood dust could be ignited by sparks from the metal.
- Always wear eye protection when using a sander.
- Keep long hair tied back and take all of your jewelry off.
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