Which Electric Sander to Use?

It’s important that you pick the right sander for your next woodworking projects. From belt sanders and finishing sanders to random orbit sanders and straight line sanders, George Vondriska describes the benefits of each style and different situations where they work best.


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Alham Rana says:

Really thank you..

batarang92 says:

I own a Makita BO4552 1/4 Sheet Finishing Sander, a Porter Cable 5″ 390K Low Profile ROS and a PC 7346 6″ Right Angle ROS. Both Random Orbit Sanders are Hook and Loop, I have sworn off PSA Sandpaper on ROSs.

acguevara says:

thank you

KundelCranes says:

Don’t forget about the Porter Cable Restorer

SlightlyWetFart says:

What about a delta sander?

Vince King says:

What about mini belt sanders? Other stuff?

WoodWorkers Guild Of America says:

You’re welcome! Thanks for your note, Guy. And happy woodworking! Feel free to check out more great videos at video dot wwgoa dot com

68jacen says:

Forgot to mention the other feature of the festool straight line sander, you can pick up a molding sponge, and have it conformed to a specialty profile.

ansonriot rockshop says:

nice tips and advice bro.

ABADMAN85 says:

where can i find the inline sander like yours?

BIG JOE 245 says:

question… do they make random orbital sanders that will hook up to a regular shop vac? A Festool is too expensive. What grit sandpaper would you start with if you were sanding 3/4″ oak plywood?

Éder Ângelo Soares says:

do you have video movei 4 machines working ?

MiJaK123 says:

Almost all sanders will, most shop vacs have the same size hose too. I had a belt sander that I attached to my shp vac hose to with duct tape, that worked out pretty well. I hope this helps.

Prince Westerburg says:

I put a belt on the sander and sand some concrete which takes the edge off the belt before doing fine work. This means I can use my belt sander on more delicate surfaces including veneers. I’d seen people using random orbital sanders but didn’t know what they where – many thanks! :o)

Dan Ortiz says:

would a belt sander be ok to sand a small floor

snipermx malayaklan says:

thanks for the info Sir.

Alfred Brown says:

Thank you for the information. Helped me decide what sander I needed for my project.

Jeremy Davis says:

I want to remove the graphic on my skateboard what sander do I use ???

James David says:

steve jobs ?

Pryde551 says:

Great video. Thanks for posting!

Stephanie Gutmann says:

what would you recommend for a flight of stairs which are rough with patches of old paint? It just needs enough to be painted with an opaque paint. I’m not staining to let the wood grain show through…thank you!

Nick Brannon says:

Any reason I can’t get away with moving up through the grits on a belt sander and then finishing with a high grit on low speed in the direction of the grain?

Cmeron F. says:

I’m trying to strip stain from a nice hardwood door, have all the flat surfaces finished stripped with my orbital sanders but the contours are killing me. I feel like the straight line sander you have would work well. Is that a festool brand?

Consonants and Vows says:

I have 5 English Oak slabs that are dried out and full of character. I’m going to go in with a belt sander to remove some serious blade tracks and then to an orbital.
How can I really get a high contrast grain to pop?

Timothy Walford says:

I need to sand and varnish the two year old wooden fence that came with my house. It is a new build but the fence is obviously a rush job since it is very rough in places. Obviously I need to sand it down before applying the varnish. Am I right in thinking the radial sander is the best one for the job?

Vince King says:

I have doors to sand, there is little space too take them off. I am doing it for my mum. As a door is upright I realised that my cheap 400w random orbital sander would be very hard to control, so she bought me a Ryobi corded 1/3 sheet sander. On the whole the sander is built well and controllable, but a little slow. I found that 40grit helps a lot but I quickly need to change to 60grit to avoid making deep Skratch marks. How hard should I push(I guess a slight pressure for rough grits)? I guess that I should move slowly? I also vacuum in between grits. I am removing a few layers of paint but don’t want to strip the door. I often find that the left hand side sands slightly more. It also has speed adjustment. Sorry, I know this is a woodworking not a DIY channel.

Wayne milne says:

thank you for this info helped me heaps buying a sander

MGL says:

So what type of sander would be best for work like removing paint from a guitar? The random or line one?

missingno777 says:

I literally did not know that straight line sander existed.

Tech Stretched says:

good informative vid. thank you!

Guy Bradbury says:

I’ve commented on your videos before, and I’ve got to say—You have provided the rest of us woodworkers with a wealth of very practical woodworking applications. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.


Dub ness says:

Thanks for the information. Learning a lot. God bless

Michael Corlew says:

Very informative, thank you!

Andrew Denomme says:

Thank you sir!

Bill K. says:

Lot’s of good information in this short video, thanks.

ryan kistler says:

which one would you recommend I’m gonna refinish and stain my son’s night stand which one would you recommend and what kind of grit for removal of old stain and to smooth out the surface

Anthony L says:

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GroovemasterOdin says:

Thank you very much, learning alot.

oneyellowrabbit says:

My horizontal cedar fence is only 4 years old, but the stain I put on has aged into an awful orange colour, which is patchy in places. I’m currently trying to remove it and have been having a tough time because the stain is not actually peeling at all, it seems glued on in places. Would a belt sander be recommended for this job? I worry that the orbiter would really damage that beautiful straight grain.

WoodWorkers Guild Of America says:

Joe, you can connect many different kinds of shop vacuums to sanders. The key is in making the connection. You can look at home centers and woodworking specialty stores for adapters. I’d start my sanding on oak veneer plywood with 150-grit.

Andrew Arndts says:

What about detail sanders? the ones with the delta wing shaped sand pads

Samir Samir says:

Thanx for the video.. can anyone plz advise.. if i wanna refinish a wooden garage door do i need to sand it and if yes which sander to use (door size 12 square meter = 130 square foot)? i’m willing to buy an air compressor as i’ll also need it for other work

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