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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...
  • 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 Block

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, December 2, 2009
    Useful and Convenient -- These sanding blocks belong in any shop. by Dave Munnkitrick Isaac Fischer, Jr., of Springfield, Vt., patented sandpaper on June 14, 1834. Shortly after that, presumably, sanding blocks were invented. Sanding blocks apply even...
  • Tool News - General International 13" Horizontal Drum Sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    General International just released their new 13" Horizontal Single-drum Sander (Model 15-155 M1). It has a heavy duty open steel stand for greater stability and a high quality conveyor belt for longer service life. Large hand wheel adjusts conveyor...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Stainless Steel Sanding Discs

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 8, 2008
    When I first looked at the Microplane stainless steel sanding discs I thought, “There's no way that can work. It'll just tear up the wood.” But now that I've logged lots of hours of sanding with this product, I'm a believer...
  • Tools News - Dremel Detail Abrasive Brush

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 5, 2009
    The Detail Abrasive Brush is compatible with all multi-speed Dremel rotary tools and fits on both the 402 and EZ402 mandrels. It is recommended that users apply only light pressure when using the accessory and work at speeds of 15,000 rotations per minute...
  • 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...
  • Woodworking Tool News - Dremel Accessories

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, January 23, 2012
    Woodworking Tool News - Dremel Accessories Rotary Tool Accessories & Attachments - New EZ Lock Sanding Discs include the EZ411SA, EZ412SA and EZ413SA, all of which are designed to last twice as long and remove twice as much material as their non-EZ...
  • 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...
  • 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...