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Getting The Perfect Finish With A Bench Grinder & Belt Sander

As you delve further and further into your DIY adventures you are going to start experimenting with different materials, including hard woods and metals. These materials are fantastic to work with, but they can also be a little rough around the edges. The Bench Grinder and Belt Sander each offer great versatility so you can tackle a range of hard wood and metal work jobs. The Belt Sander is perfect for removing old finish such as paint, varnish, or stain, while the Bench Grinder is great for sharpening tools, polishing or buffing. This two in one combo will get you on track as you commence your DIY adventure.

Tips for using a Belt Sander

Watch the pressure

Unlike most other sanders, you need to make sure you apply enough even pressure when using a belt sander. With this model you will be applying the material to the belt sander as opposed to most other sanders where you apply the sander to the material.

Go with the grain

Don’t forget to sand with the grain of the wood as much as possible, this will minimise the chance of surface damage.

Move it

If you are looking for a nice finish move the material on the belt evenly otherwise you may risk creating a sanding flat spot or depression.

Secure it

Securing your Bench Grinder & Belt Sander to the bench is most important for safety and to achieve the best results as in this instance you are apply your project or material to the tool, so the tool needs to hang on to the bench as your hands are full.

Clamp it

If you’re working with multiple boards, clamp them together and apply them to your bench mounted belt sander. This is a technique known as ‘gang sanding.’ This not only saves you time but produces a better finish and the clamped timber will have the same result on each piece.

Need for speed

When you turn on the Belt Sander make sure you wait until it is at your required speed before applying your material to it. Low speed works best on softer woods while higher speeds are best for hard woods.

Tips for using a Bench Grinder

Let the tool do the work

Be careful how much pressure you apply when grinding, too much pressure may damage the working surface or cause you to lose your grip. A great way to apply extra pressure without going too far is by adjusting the speed and slowly increasing the pressure you apply.

Use your tool rest

Make sure your tool rest is set so that you can comfortably use it to control your project. Often a space of around 3mm from the wheel will give you the comfort and stability you need.

Safety first

Safety is always a priority when using any tool in the workshop, ensure your Bench Grinder & Belt Sander is sturdy and secure before putting it into use and all eye, ear and air protection is worn at all times.