November 12, 2020
Essential Abrasives Forr Woodworking
Most of us, when we decide that we finally need to do a bit of work on an old and dilapidated project that we stopped working on years before, will just grab the first piece of sandpaper that comes along and start to work our magic on the project. Of course, that's fine if it just needs a few minor rough edges removed. But what should you go for if a more heavy duty industrial abrasive product is required? Here's a small selection that might just be able to help you get the job finished:Hook and loop sanding discs: the biggest advantage with these sanding discs is that theyre suitable for sanding at all speeds. Theyre also quick and easy to attach to most orbital sanders and are designed in a way that stops them from clogging while being used - meaning you won't have to stop what you're doing every few minutes to clear them Sanding belts: these are great if you have large areas to cover, especially if you're going to be sanding down a wooden floor. But be careful if you're thinking of using a belt sander on a smaller project. The belts will often tend to be quite coarse and that combined with the high speed of the sander means that your precious project could be saw dust in minutes!Sanding sponges: these are just rectangular sponges that are coated on both sides with an abrasive - often two different grades. Two advantages of the sanding sponges over regular sandpaper are the flexibility of them and the fact that they're much easier to hold. You can also us them when they're either wet or dry.Sanding drum kits: sanding drums are small drums that have sandpaper wrapped around them. The sandpaper can either be cut from normal strips of sandpaper and attached to the drum (meaning you don't have to buy individual drums for specific sanding jobs), or you can use any of the sanding sleeves available. The drums can then be used on electric drills, lathes, and drill presses. Sanding blocks: originally, and if you don't happen to have much money, sanding blocks weren't much more that small blocks of wood that you would wrap your section of sandpaper around so you could get a better grip of it.But things have changed. You can now get sanding blocks in various shapes, sizes, and made out of various materials. The big advantage of the newer designs is that they can allow you to get the sandpaper into some of the trickier corners and angles.If you have a woodworking project, large or small, that you still have to get finished, then you're going to be able to find an industrial abrasive product that's just right for that specific job. While it's possible to use them on trying to achieve finishes they weren't designed for, you'll find that it's more cost (and time) effective to just get the right one - chances are you'll be using it again anyway.
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