Sanding Edges with a Finishing Sander

A finishing sander is very useful to create smooth edges. You have to take some precautions and learn how to use it properly before you can achieve a perfect result. This article will help you identify the necessary precautions to take in order to handle a finishing sander correctly.

Step 1: Electrical Power

Make sure that the finishing sander is working correctly before starting work. Ensure that it is switching on and off properly. It is also very important to check that the electrical cord doesn’t have any cuts or damage.  

Step 2: Securing Wooden Material

Before trying to sand wood edges with a finishing sander, you need to secure the wood properly to your worktop, to prevent it from shifting. Use clamps to secure the pieces of wood that need sanding.

Step 3: Clean Tools

Ideally, prior to starting work, check whether the tools you will be needing are clean. If the tool, in this case, a finishing sander, is not clean it won’t sand properly. Use compressed air to clean the debris from the finishing sander. Clean outer parts of the finish sander using warm water and a few drops of liquid soap. Immerse a soft cloth into the soapy water and squeeze it dry before cleaning the sander. Use another soft cloth to dry it out. It is advisable to leave in to dry for a couple of minutes before starting to use it.

Step 4: Sandpaper

It is best to use low grit sandpaper when you are sanding edges. Low grit sandpaper will help you correct some minor dents that you may cause from handling the finishing sander wrongly. If you use high grit sandpaper, the fault may be too severe to adjust easily. This is very important to keep in mind.

Step 5: Handling the Finishing Sander

In order to achieve perfect edges, you have to hold the finishing sander correctly. When you are sanding, do not force it onto the wood, otherwise you will create dents. The finishing sander should move smoothly onto the wood. This tool is also called a palm sander because it can fit into your palm. There exist larger sanders that require both hands to operate them. A finishing sander isn’t very aggressive hence it should be easy enough to hold it secure while moving it smoothly in the direction you want. So the most important thing is to hold it securely but in a manner to use it easily around edges.  

Step 6: Sanding Edges

When sanding furniture, it is important to smooth down the edges to some degree, in order to prevent the edge from chipping if hit with a hard object. The way to do this is to tip your finishing sander smoothly and quickly over the edges while sanding the top and sides. If you only wish to curve the corners just a little bit but still desire the sharp edge look, sanding the edges for a couple of seconds is all that it takes. If you are looking for a more rounded edge, you need to sand the corners for a longer period of time, making sure you work evenly on all the edge areas.


As you can see it’s not difficult to use a finishing sander. Once you get a good grasp of what you have to do, it shouldn’t be difficult to implement. Remember to always wear protective clothing when using power tools.