Electric sanders, random orbit sanders or palm sanders are priceless when they're used at the right time for the proper project, but if you have a sander in your hand don't come within touching distance of an antique. One touch of a sander on an antique and you can figure that the antique value has been lowered by at least half.
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Badly scratched wood
You can get a more even job a lot quicker and without crippling your sanding muscles for a week when you use a sander.
Sand veneerWhen you sand veneer it's a lot better to sand by hand, but very careful use of a palm sander works ok. Most veneer isn't much thicker than a few sheets of paper, so you can go through it in a hurry if you sand too aggresively or use coarse sandpaper.
Random orbit sander
A random orbit sander will remove a lot of stock in a hurry and will give a super fine surface, but you have to be careful not to remove too much wood. If you're not experienced with an electric sander and have just a normal amount of wood to sand off a finishing sander would be the ideal tool to have, they're fast and efficient and a good sander to learn power sanding with.
finishing sander palm sander
If you're new to electric sanders you may wonder what the difference is between a palm sander and a finishing sander. None, some finishing sanders have a handle, like the half sheet finishing sander, but the smaller finishing sanders fit in the palm of your hand, so they became known as palm sanders.
Absense of belt sanders
Please notice the absence of belt sanders. Belt sanders have their place, but their place isn't around furniture refinishing. They can chew a big chunk out of a table top in about two seconds, in fact you could do considerable damage in one second very easily.
Whether you use a random orbit sander, never use a straight orbital sander on wood, or if you use a finishing sander, a larger sander or a palm sander, sanding becomes much easier than it is by hand.
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