George Vondriska

Finding Sanding Solutions

George Vondriska
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Sanding can easily fall into the category of things woodworkers would rather not do. Anything that can be done to make sanding easier and a more pleasant experience is a good thing. Uneeda’s vacuum and sander set up goes a LONG way toward making sanding more pleasant, and providing great results.

Tool actuated vacuum

A tool actuated vacuum automatically runs when the sander runs, and turns off when you turn off the sander. In fact it continues to run for a little while after the sander is shut down to make sure dust is cleared from the line. Uneeda’s vac is capable of doing this with electric AND with pneumatic sanders.

The sanders

For this video we worked with Uneeda’s Ekasand 3” x 4” rectangular and 5” diameter random orbit sanders. Both sanders use hook and loop sandpaper and provide variable speed. Hook and loop makes it incredibly easy to progress through grits by simplifying paper changes. Variable speeds is very valuable when you want good control, for instance when sanding a veneered material.

Conform to the surface

Complex profiles like molding or raised panels can be very difficult to sand. The sponge-like pad available for the sanders makes it easy to get the sandpaper to wrap and conform to the surface.

Sanding finished surfaces

It isn’t uncommon to need to slightly abrade finished surfaces before the next coat of finish goes on. This is another great application for the sponge-like pads, and also a great time to reduce the speed of the sander so you don’t take too much off. The Ekasand 3” x 4” and the 5” disc work really well for this.

More info

Visit the company’s website or call (845) 426-2800 for more information on Uneeda products.

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6 Responses to “Finding Sanding Solutions”

  1. Jay

    Ticket 38203 Goof sandpaper’s not cheap. I buy them in standard sheets and cut them to 1/3 size. In order for the sander vacuum to pick up more dust, you are using fenestrated paper. I noticed that you were careful not to go over sharp edges. I would think that the paper would snag when sanding on corners/edges and rip, a reason I’ve avoided them. I used to use a Black and Decker “Mighty Mouse” sander that looks like a clothing iron. It had Velcro-type fasteners and I found that the sandpaper would move (the fasteners not holding all that well) and the sandpaper would also wear out much faster than the best 3M sandpapers. I’ve often gotten what appears to be a nice, smooth surface, which stains beautifully but only later, when spraying on the final coats of varnish, do small sanding swirls in the wood show up. When that surface was a veneer, re-sanding it back down to what’s left of “bare wood” can be treacherous but there are not a lot of options. What’s your experience with these problems and with these different sandpaper types?

    • Customer Service

      Hi Jay!

      Here is what our experts had to say:

      I find that a good random orbital sander provides a better surface than a palm sander or other non orbital spinning sander types because it randomizes the scratch pattern better and “covers its own tracks”. Here is a good combination of a sander and abrasives to go with it:
      I have both of these and like them a lot: Bosch ROS10: BO5030K:
      These abrasives are very good quality:

      Also, another great way to eliminate those sanding swirls is to use one of these for your final couple grits:


  2. Paul

    Where did you buy that nice T shirt. It looks as good as all your woodworking projects.

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