Workshop community update #85
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Many thanks to all Workshop contributors over recent weeks. The members who have received the most likes have been:
Well done to all our contributors – you are certainly worthy of all the kudos.
I would like to raise a point of interest. Since joining the group I have seen a lot of interesting projects produced by those with many years of experience whether they be formally trained or trial and error, and I am sure in either case the learning process has thrown up a number of issues and the biggest one would be tool usage, i.e. How do I use it?
A simple example of this would be using a sanding tool, as simple as it may seem there is a correct way to use them, e.g. what pad to use first followed by the next and so on, or how to hold the unit, how much pressure to apply during the sanding process.
This is only one example and the list is quiet long let alone the use of things like power saws which hospitals get see finger removed on regular bases.
I am making a suggestion that perhaps with in the renovation section an area be provided for the usage or how to use a tool / tools be provided. In the photo above it show a chisel being used, a block plan (end grain plan) on the bench and a sanding device in the background. How many newbies would know how too?
Perhaps I am on the wrong track here but it a point of interest. What do others think?
It's an excellent suggestion @r23on and I am certainly keen to hear what other community members think.
Bunnings has some introductory videos for different tools at https://www.bunnings.com.au/diy-advice/diy-basics-and-skills/diy-basics but I'm sure some more detailed information would be very helpful to a lot of people.
I will take the leap here and kick it off. For me the basic intorduction is not enough I am always looking for more. Even though I know the following information, someone may find it useful. The only problem is the advertising that goes with it. It's the how to that's important.
The discussion is on the random orbit sander. There is nothing worse than a lot of words and no photos or videos. the following link will save me a lot of typing and I find it explains things nicely. I hope this provides some good undestanding on radom ordit sanding. I am sure there is or are other video out there as well. (Only if I could find some Australian content)
Thanks for joining in the discussion and sharing your expertise @Patrick. It sounds like you have plenty of knowledge and experience to share with the Workshop community. It's great to have you join us.
Please feel free to Start a new discussion whenever you need a hand with anything, or have a new project to share. I'm looking forward to reading about your projects and plans.
Thanks for the reply Patrick
Valid point, he did seggest either method. The main point here is about the techniques of using the sander. Having spoken to a lot of usesrs there seem to be this belife that the harder you apply pressure to the sander the better it works. and the more you can take off.
One point he did not adress was that when sanding takes place heat is generated in turn the pads clog at a faster rate and in some case casuasing burning of the timber (depending on the timber). Of cause then there is the issue of wear and tear on the sander.
The main points when using powered sander (AC or DC) addressed.
a. Sand in the direction of grain not across the grain
b. Take overlapping stockes and take the sander just over the edge of the job for good coverage
c. let the sander do the work (do not apply heavy pressure to the sander)
d. Selection of sanding pads (grit ) is another topic of its own ( to remove more material, use a 60 or 80 grit)
There is another side to this - the same principles apply to hand sanding.
Using either powered sanders or hand sanding heat is generated causing the sanding materials to clog. Why? the pitch is being drawn out of the timber with heat.
A power activated vac is not something a lot of users would own I would suggest. Found more in a well steup home workshop and once again I would suggest they will have a full handel on how to use such equipment.
On the safety side of things there is a level of safety attached to all tools powered or not, saftey direction - we all should read about before using the tools (but do we?)