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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Clean Your Disc Sander

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Here's a quick way to get rid of the globs of adhesive that remain on the surface of your disc sander after you remove worn out abrasive sheets. Goo Gone (available at hardware stores and home centers) attacks this problem like nobody's business...
  • Tool News - Micro-Mesh Discs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 1, 2009
    Lee Valley's Micro-Mesh Discs were originally developed for buffing plastics and fiberglass. However, these sanding discs are also very useful for smoothing and polishing finish coats. If you're looking to use your power sander to get a scratch...
  • Tool News - Rockwell Vibrafree Random-Orbit Sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 20, 2009
    The vibrafree 5-in. Random Orbit Sander’s design incorporates two counter-acting pads always moving in opposite directions to reduce vibration. This means more removal and less vibration. The vibrafree sander also features the bag-less, filter-less...
  • Tools News - Makita Variable-speed Random Orbit Sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 7, 2009
    Makita recently released its new 5” Random Orbit Sander (model BO5031K). The new sander features a variable speed control dial (4,000 - 12,000 OPM) and large 1/8” random orbit action for fast and smooth sanding, as well as a rubberized palm...
  • Tool News - Festool Multi-jetstream Abrasives

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, January 8, 2010
    Festool just announced it will be transitioning all 6” disc abrasives and pads to the new Multi-Jetstream design. The new design provides higher material removal rates, increases airflow, and results in even better dust extraction efficiency. The...
  • Tool News - Makita 5" Random Orbit Sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 31, 2010
    Makita recently announced the release of its new 5” Random Orbit Sander (model BO5041K). The new 5” Random Orbit Sander has two new features over the previous model, including a more powerful 3.0 amp motor and an adjustable front handle. In...
  • Tool News - Dremel Trio

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 21, 2010
    Dremel recently announced the new Trio. It's a tool that has three basic functions: cut, sand, and rout. It's designed for flexibility. With powerful, 360-degree cutting technology and plunge-cut ability, the Trio makes quick and controlled cuts...
  • Random-Orbit Sanders

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 23, 2010
    How they work, how to choose the right one and tips for better results. by Richard Tendick Random-orbital sanders are terrific time-saving machines. They can remove milling marks left by a tablesaw, jointer or planer in no time flat. As simple as they...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Two-Handed Sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 18, 2011
    Two-Handed Sander Ever wish you had an extra handle on your sander? Not for extra pressure—that would create unwanted swirl marks. But another handle would give you extra control and relieve the tedium of sanding with only one hand. If you’re...
  • Rikon 1" x 42" Belt Sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, November 30, 2011
    Rikon 1" x 42" Belt Sander Rikon announces a 1”x42” Belt 8” Disc Sander, model #50-142. The new RIKON 50-142 is equipped with a powerful 1/3 horsepower 110 volt motor. Belt and disc tables are made of sturdy cast iron with...
  • General International 15" disc sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 5, 2011
    General International 15" disc sander Specifications DISC SIZE 15” (381 mm) TABLE TILT 0° TO 45° TABLE SIZE 22” x 12” (305 x 507 mm) TABLE SLOT SIZE 3/4" (19 mm) DISC SPEED 1720 RPM DUST CHUTE OUTLET 4” x 1 OVERALL...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Festool RO 90 DX Sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, February 2, 2012
    Festool RO 90 DX Sander The RO 90 Multi-Mode Sander, the newest member of the highly-regarded Rotex family, is the one sander that can truly do it all. The RO 90 features a tool-less base design, enabling it to easily transform from a round pad sander...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Festool Planex Drywall Sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, February 22, 2012
    Festool Planex Drywall Sander Drywall sanding used to be a messy, labor intensive task but not any longer with the new Festool PLANEX drywall sander. The PLANEX will revolutionize the way you sand drywall and plaster with its modular design, exceptional...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Drum Roll, Please

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 27, 2012
    Drum Roll, Please By Brad Holden Drum sanders for small shops have been available for quite a few years now, but it’s been a long time since any of them have been improved in any significant way. The engineering team that first brought the Performax...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Super-Size Disc Sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 12, 2013
    Super-Size Disc Sander A 15" disc sander like the new 15-205 from General International, is a great addition to any shop if you’ve got room on the floor and in your budget. There was a time when every patternmaker’s shop had a large sander...