Power Tools 101: Power Sanders.

No matter how great the payoff, sanding is no fun…kinda like exercising, tweezing your eyebrows, or studying for final exams.

Electric sanders don’t make the process any more fun, but they will speed it up. And with prices under $100, they because a very useful tool for the homeowner and ambitious DIYster.

Sanding. Techinically, sanding doesn’t make wood smoother, it makes it uniformly rough: abrasives in sandpaper make tiny cuts in the wood. Sandpaper is categorized by “grits”, with the numbers corresponding to the average grit size: coarse (20-60 which are used for removing lots of wood or saw or burn marks, medium grit (80-100) which then remove the scratches made by the coarse grit paper, and then fine grit (120-1000).
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Power Tools 101: Circular Saws.

The circular saw is perfect when portability is crucial. At home, provided it you use it safely, it makes an ideal first power saw, as it can do both rip cuts and cross cuts, and will continue to find uses in woodworking and DIY applications.



Size and Blades.
The standard blade size for a corded circular saw is 7 1/4”, though there’s at least one 9 5/8” model. Cordless saws are generally smaller, and come in 5 3/8” and 6 1/2”. Continue Reading