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  • 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...
  • Belt Disc Sanders

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, September 2, 2008
    Acombination belt-disc sander is similar to a mid-round draft choice on an athletic team. It's not a priority purchase, like a tablesaw or planer, but it's valuable in a woodworking shop as a role player. It's two tools in one. The disc is...
  • 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...
  • Hand Sanding Blocks

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 5, 2008
    Isaac Fischer, Jr., of Springfield, Vt., patented sandpaper on June 14, 1834. Shortly after that, presumably, sanding blocks were invented. Sanding blocks apply even pressure over the entire surface of the paper. This makes sanding by hand faster and...
  • 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 - 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...
  • 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...
  • Mini Drum Sander

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    No two ways about it, sanding stinks! A drum sander can eliminate the drudgery, but not everyone has room in their budget, or their shop, for a huge expensive machine. The new 10-20 Plus Drum Sander from Performax ($500) is less expensive and takes up...
  • Tame Your Belt Sander

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 12, 2008
    Get that menacing belt sander under control with these whip-it-into-shape tips. by George Vondriska Does the prospect of using a belt sander make your palms sweat and your hands shake? I feel your pain. Belt sanders have a bad rap as the quickest way...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Black-Max Sanding Discs Last and Last

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    If you like getting bang for your buck, or just hate changing sanding discs, check out Woodworker's Supply's new Black-Max 5-in.-dia. ceramic sanding discs. They cost about a buck apiece—almost three times more than a conventional aluminum...
  • New Fein MultiMaster

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    No doubt you've seen the Fein MultiMaster before–a tool with an oscillating head and lots of attachments for sanding, sawing and scraping. It just got better. The new MultiMaster has a new tool-free system that's much more convenient to...
  • Nosy Belt Sander

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, September 18, 2008
    It's handy to use the front drum of a belt sander on inside curves. But the body on many sanders limits the front drum's usefulness by limiting its accessibility. The new Dragster belt sander from Black & Decker, $70, has a narrow nose that...