Belt SandersAs fun woodworking sounds, sanding wood as a primary step in the wood finishing process is a tiresome chore. Some woodwork may require more powerful polishing due to sturdy surfaces. Purchasing a belt sander (stationary or handheld) can take that burden from you, especially as it comes with the following benefits:
- Cover work for large and flat surfaces in a limited time
- Fine polishing even on durable layers of paint, stain, or even varnish
- Belts are easy to replace once already used up
Orbital SandersOrbital sanders are great for both beginners and professionals alike. If you're aiming for a delicately smooth wood layer without the excessive force of polishing, an orbital sander can do it for you. The following are the characteristics of an orbital sander:
- Best for smaller wooden models (e.g., trays, birdhouses, & small stools)
- Easy to carry, with an average weight of only 3 lbs. to 6 lbs.
- Orbital sanders are distinct for being quiet to use
- Can manage through narrow corners or surfaces with ease
Random Orbit SandersThe random orbit sander is a winner for versatility. This tool delivers cleaner and smoother surfaces from tough stains and stubborn abrasions that might be skipped out by an orbital sander. You can purchase a random orbit sander like the palm grip sander, which is very efficient for drywall filing and still can be best for other woodwork finishing.
Sanding Block or Sandpaper SheetsOf course, having a sandpaper sheet ready saves you a lot of time trying to reach those minute slots in the wood surface that can be easily polished by hand. Nothing can beat this sander in terms of reduced damage risk to woodcraft. Even if not electricity or battery-powered, a sandpaper sheet can easily be used and maneuvered with hands, bringing more control to the handler. Sandpaper is the best choice for:
- Small finishing touches left in the woodcraft
- Light and simple wood polishing
- Sanding intricate details that do not require much pressure from a powered sanding tool.