A Truly Do It Yourself always wants to make sure that their work has got a perfect finishing. And, a random orbital sander is one of the best perfect tools for a handyman’s toolbox.

Yet some fellow handyman still makes mistake using an orbital sander. That’s why I am here with a beneficent guidance of how to use a random orbital sander. But first, for the convenience of the beginners, let’s know a bit about a random orbital sander.


What Is a Random Orbital Sander

Random orbital sander is a handy electric tool for sanding a wide wooden surface in less time period. This tool has a sanding disc attached to its orbit and happened to judder back and forth while spinning in a tiny circular motion.

Random orbital sander is used to even and polish wooden surface and floors quickly in a short span of time.


Using Guide for a Random Orbital Sander

Using a random orbital sander is easy but very tricky. You need to be very careful when you run the process. Otherwise, the slightest mistake can create a heavy ransom. Let’s take a tour of the whole process description and do’s and don’ts while sanding with an orbital sander.


Take It Easy, Because That’s The Key

While handling the orbital sander, you might don’t want to put extra pressure on it. That might ruin the wood surface you wanted. Or, it can cause a dent on the plank, which looks a real under-armature work.

When you are giving extra pressure on the machine, you are interrupting the spontaneous, liberate motion of the sand disk. As a result, the motor will soon burn out. So, just relax hold the orbital sander over the wooden surface. Let the machine’s weight and spontaneous rotation do the rest of the work.


Never Take Your Project For Granted

Never use the orbital sander with one hand. You misbalance for one moment and your whole project can go to waste or turn into a clumsy piece of woodwork.

For perfect finishing, you need a balanced movement of the machine. And to do so, nothing is better to control your motion with two hands. But you also need to make sure that during the sanding process, the wooden plank should not move at all. Therefore use bench vise or board clamps to fix the plank. Using two hands you can do your work steadily balanced.


Create Guideline For Even Polish

Uneven sanding results in a poor, ill-finished project with a jagged surface. Besides, eventually there will be lots of fiber coming out of the surface, dirt will get trapped in them and make the whole thing even worse.

To ensure even sanding and polishing, use pencil marks as your guideline. Create zigzag or curvy pencil marks. When you start to sand the surface, the pencil mark will vanish eventually. Remember, the main key is to save as much wood as possible for future troubles. Dark pencil mark causes time and wood to disappear whereas; light pencil mark causes much less wood and time to disappear.

Your first polish may not turn out as perfect as expected. Therefore, you need to go for another round. Again, create zigzag pencil marks with light strokes and carefully make them disappear.


Not Everything Is Flawless

Some flaws are ought not to be fixed. If we try to fix we only make things worse. Your wooden plank may contain some natural marks or dents on the surface. Do not try to fix it with any extra sanding on that particular surface area. This will make you suffer way more than extra creating a bigger dent and uneven surface. Do the normal sanding that you have been doing. Let your project has some natural marks. This will do nothing but enhance the beauty of your work.


Do Not Elicit Too Much

While doing the side and corner polishing, never let more than ¼ of the orbital sander out of the plank surface. Otherwise, the machine can tilt aside of its own weight and make the sides and corners curved unless you want that. Sometimes, this particular mistake makes a massive damage to the project causing it to become nothing but a piece of trash.

A quick tip, never ever tilt your sander doing the surface works. It will create an undoable crater.


Slightest Overdo Can Ruin Your Hard work

If you think that all of the surfaces have been polished enough, but unfortunately you missed one tiny little space, do not try to fill up that portion. Again, intention to create extra glint is troubling. While fixing a small dent, sanding the missed area or make the surface more clustering, unfortunately, you will create a bigger stain on the board. Sometimes, it’s better to control your testament of perfection and good intention to make bigger troubles.


Acute Cleaning With Vacuum Cleaner

It is obvious that when you sand the wooden surface with the orbital sander it will scatter wooden granule covering all over your desk and make the place messy. To clean these, use a vacuum cleaner to have a dust free and flawlessly cleaned working place. However, new versions of orbital sander come with an attached vacuum cleaner to suck up the granule immediately after sanding.


Safety Is Necessary

Sanding is always a dusty and messy work. You sand one square foot and it creates a thousand and millions of dust scattered all over the place. And when you do it with a random orbital sander, it becomes brutally noisy. So, to make sure that the floating wooden granule doesn’t fill up your lungs and eyeballs, use mask and goggles for protection. And, also wear earplugs to keep your ear safe from the heavy noise.


If you acknowledge every point I said, you already have known how to use a random orbital sander. You know about every do’s and don’ts, every caution precaution. But the difficult part is having the perfect balance in your hand. And that only can be achieved by practicing. Happy woodworking!


Robert P. has been a DIY, woodworking enthusiast for 5 years, and in that time has written huge resources on woodworking and tools. He loves solving problems and crafting ideas from scratch.

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