Stationary sander buying guide
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What is a stationary sander?
What are the features common to all stationary sanding machines?
- Aluminium- lightweight though less durable;
- Cast aluminium - heavy and stable
- Asynchronous, powerful and less noisy;
What's a stationary belt sander?
What's an oscillating spindle sander?
Yep, you heard right! As well as oscillating belt machines, you can get oscillating spindle sanders.
The spindle rotates on its axis and also oscillates vertically, which creates a powerful dual sanding effect and a high quality finish; handy for sanding fine fretwork!
And a disc sander...?
No catch here either: an abrasive paper disc is fixed to the machine frame - with Velcro or self-adhesive - and driven by the motor. The axis of the disc is vertical (i.e perpendicular to the table, just like on spindle models).
And what about "calibrating" sanders?
Real professional territory now, the calibrating sander allows you to sand large pieces of wood and obtain a perfect finish. The machine looks similar to a planer, but is equipped with one or two abrasive rollers in place of the irons, to which any grade of sandpaper can be fitted. Roller widths are between 20cm and 2m and depending on their size, either the table or the roller can be adjusted in height to achieve different "calibrated" sanding settings.
- Adjustable feed speed;
- Dust suction;
- "Special finish" modules (i.e. wood texturing);
Choosing a stationary sander: which way will you go?
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I've been working with my hands from a young age. For as long as I can remember, I've been keen to discover new tools and equipment for building things. I'm always on the lookout for new materials, and I find different kinds of construction techniques fascinating.
I'm also trained in marquetry, which is a highly specialised form of inlay work. As a professional artisan in the field, I've been lucky to master a material that is both noble and commonplace: wood.
Not only am I surrounded by carpenters and other builders in my job, I also get to share ideas and methods with professional and amateur woodworkers alike, including a range of manufacturing specialists.
In my free time I'm also an avid gardener. We get a lot of rain where I live, so I'm able to keep a pretty amazing vegetable garden in the allotments near my home. I love helping the other people who have plots there, and I've become the local go-to person for gardening advice.
I'm here to share my experience about all the different ideas, materials, tools and equipment out there. You may have your (wood)work cut out for you, but my tips will make it a little less overwhelming!