Can I Use This Sander For Soft Wood?


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Old 02-16-15, 01:09 PM
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Can I Use This Sander For Soft Wood?

Hey guys, kind of new to the diy world. I'm about to take on a small project and sand down/repaint my sons shelf which I'm pretty sure is soft wood.

Just wondering if using a power sander is too much? Should I do it by hand? I'm currently looking at this one, Dewalt D26451K Corded 3 Amp 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander Review
 
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Old 02-16-15, 01:15 PM
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Welcome to the forums! It isn't so much the sander as it is the grit of the paper. If you have only one shelf, it may be as easy to sand it by hand. The ROS you refer to is a great tool. Use care when placing the base to the wood. The head will be spinning and will gouge your work. I find it best to place the head on the wood, then turn it on to keep it to a minimum.
 
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Old 02-16-15, 01:23 PM
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Not discouraging the purchase of a new sander at all, but, if you do decide to do it by hand, wrap your sand paper around a short piece of 1x or 2x, or anything like that, so that you're sanding flat, rather than pressing with your fingers as that will give you high and low spots.
 
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Awesome thanks for info guys
 
 

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