It’s by no means inexpensive (expect to spend several hundred dollars), but a good right angle sander is worth it. While the 5" random orbit sander you’ll find crowding the shelves of your local home center works for a lot of tasks, it just doesn’t have the juice to work as accurately and quickly as a larger right angle unit.
Whether it’s a chisel or a lawn mower blade, it’s easier to get and hold the angle required on a stationary sander than on any sharpening stone or bench grinder I’ve used. There are two things to remember when using a stationary sander, which packs quite a bit of power (the 4" x 24" belt rotates at 3,450 rpm).
Second, pay attention to which direction the belt is turning; this will allow you to ease the piece onto the tool and provide the proper resistance. With low-profile triangular heads, peel-and-stick paper, and super-high vibration speeds, they go where other tools don’t: the nooks and crannies of metal porch railings, around stair balusters, even on wood patio furniture.
Typically, a tool for metal, concrete, and masonry, a 4½” angle grinder is uber-effective at heavy-duty sanding operations. Outfitted with wood sanding wheels, grinders are ideal for quickly removing lots of material.
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Re: best sander for windowsills and jams Reply #1 on: February 17, 2013, 05:34 PM » There is a set of standoff protectors for sanding near glass and such.
Re: best sander for windowsills and jams Reply #2 on: February 17, 2013, 06:24 PM » Seth asked a good question whether you're removing an old clear/stained finish or paint.
Re: best sander for windowsills and jams Reply #4 on: February 17, 2013, 06:46 PM » Seems like it's the type of work the RO90 loves to tear through. I have one, it's quite a machine, and technically a 4 in 1 tool. Not sure exactly what the surfaces are that you have, but I suggest looking at a BACO carbide scraper also (not the cheapo ones from home centers etc this one is way ahead of those). Quite a tool, and there's a mini one too for crevices and details, w/ changeable tip system.
Re: best sander for windowsills and jams Reply #5 on: February 17, 2013, 07:06 PM » I can't tell you what quick work this made getting down to bare wood on door jambs to repaint to get a “decent” finish.
I can't imagine how long it would have taken me with one of my other sanders, and with the dust extraction there was minimal mess in the Mrs. There is a bit of a learning curve, and I started off with the sander on a slower speed to keep control.
And it will leave a nice smooth finish when you use 120 to 180. The RO90 will remove paint quicker but because of the smaller pad you won't get such a smooth result in the finish stage. When removing paint, it also matters if you want to strip the entire surface or just the bad spots.
If you want to strip the entire surface, the RO90 is the better choice of these two, but if you just want to patch up the bad spots, the DTS400 will do just fine. Cutting up a pack of orange juice can also work for this.
Re: best sander for windowsills and jams Reply #7 on: February 17, 2013, 08:19 PM » I have a DTS400, and it can remove some material with the right paper on it, make no bones about it. I personally would recommend the DTS for this.
Re: best sander for windowsills and jams Reply #8 on: February 17, 2013, 08:29 PM » Get the triangle snap on and the round interface pad.
Whether it’s building some furniture or refurbishing your current wooden pieces (such as cabinets and doors), there is nothing quite as satisfying as working with your hands to create something beautiful. These devices are great for stripping paint, smoothing out edges, or helping you shape your wood into something unique.
We’ll not only show you some of the best power sanders on the market but help you decide which features are right for your next DIY project. To make sure that you get the best results, we recommend that you try it out before you start working, so you know how to handle it and not cause any damage to the final product.
Usually finishing sanders will have smaller edges to reach into corners or tight spots, and they won’t have as much rotating power to leave a softer touch. This is technically a disc sander, making it ideal for large projects where you have to remove a lot of paint or smooth out some rough edges.
Fortunately, this unit comes with a slow start setting so that you can manage the device more easily and won’t get caught off guard. Other features of this sander include optimized balance, a side handle for better stability when working, and a locking trigger to reduce fatigue.
The motor on this model is significantly smaller than the Akita above, but that means that you don’t run the risk of punching through your wood if you’re not careful. With a ¼ sheet size, you can sand and buff your trim easily and much faster than you would with an orbital or belt sander.
As with all sheet sanders, you can use self-adhesive strips or cut your own paper and lock it in place with the metal stamp. The best thing about this model type is that you don’t have to buy specially designed pads like you do with disc or orbiting sanders.
Efficient 1.2-amp motor Sands at 14,000 rpm Ergonomic design for comfort Reduced vibration to alleviate fatigue Lightweight design weighs four pounds Sheet sander Works with pre-cut adhesive paper Also uses self-cut paper with metal stamp Long eight-foot power cord One-year limited warranty Another fantastic brand of home power tools is RIGID, and this sheet sander is perfect for most DIY projects.
The size, power, and speed of this model make it a viable option for both trim work and standard woodworking, so feel free to use it for any other projects that you have in mind. The other amazing feature of this sander is the fact that it comes with both a round and square base, allowing you to work however you see fit.
While the disc sander above is ideal for large-scale sanding and stripping, this model is perfect for smoothing out smaller areas and providing the finishing touches to your piece. Other features that we like about this model include reduced vibration, ergonomic design, and an on-board dust collection system.
Efficient 2.0-amp motor Operates at 14,000 OPM Ball bearing construction reduces vibration Ergonomic design for comfort Large clamping lever for quick paper changes On board dust collection system Convenient on/off switch for one-handed operation Dust sealed switch for longer shelf life Heavy-duty carry case included Weighs less than three pounds One-year limited warranty While the speed is comparable to other models that we’ve seen, the motor is smaller and more compact so that you can sand as hard or as soft as you like.
Sandpaper may not adhere well at times Some components are not as durable as others Does not have variable speed adjustment Filter is small and needs to be changed often That being said, we highly recommend the Rigid Sheet Sander as an all-around unit that can work for most trim projects.
Size For the most part, you want to get a sander that is large enough to ensure that you don’t spend all day working, but small enough to reach into tighter areas. Finally, when it comes to detail work, one to two amps is ideal, so you don’t cause any damage to your wood in the process.
Orbiting and sheet sanders usually use OPM because the machine rotates as it sands, but other models will use rpm to refer to how fast the pad spins or moves back and forth. This means that it won’t immediately reach top speed as soon as you hit the trigger, but will build up to it over a matter of seconds.