How to Operate a Disk Sander

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Disk sanders help you finish woodworking projects to reduce their roughness. Sand off excess wood from projects with help from a professional contractor in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Palmer. Today, I'm going to talk about how to use a disk sander. A random orbital disk sander is a pretty valuable tool for finishing up some of your woodworking projects. Now, this is not to be confused with a stationery disk sander that only spins one direction without any other motion. Random orbital disk sander is a held, hand-held tool and it has a, a oscillating as well as a spinning motion that keeps it from leaving swirl marks on your works. Here's a disk of 120 grit hook and loop sandpaper for this sander. It's an eight-hole model. If you line up the holes on the sander with the holes on the paper, it will evacuate the dust a lot better. And this has a nice dust filter that will help keep it out of the room that you're working in. Don't apply too much downward pressure. Let the weight of the tool dictate that amount of pressure and just move it slowly along your work. If you have some really bad trouble spots, you can work the edge in a little bit more aggressively. But, don't do too much or else you're going to create a, a low point of your work. A 120 grit is a really good middle of the road versatile grit to have on hand. If you need to do a lot of serious stock removal, you can go as low as 60 or even 40. 120 is a good place to start and then to finish up with 220 will give you a nice smooth finish. That feels really good, nice and smooth. My name is Chris Palmer, thanks for watching. That's how you use a disk sander.


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