How to Use a Benchtop Sander

Sanders are important pieces of equipment for smoothing objects and grinding down edges. They can also be used to remove solvents from off of materials such as wood, metal or concrete. Many sanders are hand held pieces of equipment. However, there are some benchtop models that are designed for large or irregular shaped objects. The following material will help you to understand how to use the best benchtop sander.

Safety Considerations

When operating a sander, you should wear the minimal safety gear. This gear includes safety glasses and gloves. Remember that debris and dust can impact your eyes when you sand an object. Materials can also cause cuts and scrapes to your hands so this is why you will need gloves.

Operating your Benchtop Sanding Model

Follow your manufacturer’s instructions for using your benchtop sanding unit. Most benchtop sanding models are strapped or fastened to a table or bench. Once they are securely in place, that is when a person can begin their project.

Using your Benchtop Sanding Unit

I already mentioned that a benchtop sander is best used for large and irregular shaped objects. The unit can also be used for some medium sized jobs as well. The key to using a benchtop sander is to make sure that the object that you are sanding is not too heavy to maneuver. Benchtop sanders are going to require you to use your hands to hold the piece in place. If an object is too heavy to move around you will not get a good finish on your project. You should place the surface of an object lightly onto a sander’s belt when you first start off. This way you can control how much of the surface is being sanded at one time. As you get a feel for the object that you are holding; then you can hold the object closer to the sanding belt. This will provide you with more control with the way you want to sand an object. Never sand in one direction or keep your object in one spot. Make sure you move an object in a back and forth motion. This will provide you with a better finish on your material. Once again an object must be light enough to move around so that you will get a good finish. Do not put a lot of pressure into sanding. Let the sanding belt do the job for you. Benchtop sanders usually have different speeds and you must learn how to use them to sand different items. Make sure that you are changing the belt on your sander once it becomes worn. Benchtop sanders are not difficult to operate. With practice, you learn how to sand like a pro in a little bit of time.