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The Best Detail Sander Tips for Beginners

Choose the Right Model

Explore your options before choosing the detail sander for your workshop, e.g here: http://woodworkify.com/sanders/detail-sander/. Do you need it for infrequent detailed projects, or do you need some more power for larger surface areas? Different models come with basic triangular plates, but also finger-plates for reaching between slats and giving finish to ornaments. Also think about grip ergonomics- some models allow for one-hand work, with a comfortable rubberized handle.

Choose the Right Accessories

Whether you need to take off a coat of paint or give a buff finish, a detail sander needs the right sandpaper for the job. Buffing pads allow for professional finish of wood surfaces. And with the right tool, you may work on other materials such as metal.

The Right Speed and Touch

A detail sander is designed to take off a thin coat off the surface. However, picking the right speed settings is essential. You also need to be careful about pressure and movement- use the tool all over the surface, to avoid wearing out a spot and creating an ugly dimple. Those precautions will also protect your tool, allowing for long years of usage. Detail sanders are not designed for extreme stresses and heavy-duty jobs, so do not overload your tool. To further ease your work process when taking off a coat of paint, go over your project with a quick hand-buffing to allow the detail sander a better grip.

Don't forget protection
A detail sander is relatively small, but still a power tool. Eye protection and a respiratory mask are your best friends. Also, avoid loose clothing and hair. Make sure the object you are working on is well-attached, never work on loose pieces, and remember not to force the sander. Merely use the weight of the tool to get the right pressure. Keep the electrical cords and outlets in good condition and watch for frayed spots or other damage.

Go cordless

With improved battery technologies, your power tool charges in half an hour and the Li-ion battery means a lighter body of the tool. Unfortunately, this comes with a price premium, but if you plan to use the tool often and want a more pleasant experience, the difference may be worth it over the older NiCad batteries. Also, a Li-ion powered tool, whether new or refitted, means you have to think less about carefully planned recharging. Whenever inspiration for a project strikes, soon after your detail sander is good to go.