5 Useful Tips on Using a Detail Sander

Man using a detail sander on a window frame
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The detail sander, also referred to as a corner sander, is one of the most useful tools you can keep in your workshop.

Make it work for you with these helpful tips.

1. Use it to Work With Newly-assembled Furniture

One of the most common uses of the detail sander is furniture refinishing. Newly-assembled furniture may have ornate areas where most sanders cannot reach.

Use the triangular-shaped pads that typically accompany a detail sander to access hard-to-reach spots.

Because of its size, it can produce fine surfaces without harming the integrity of the material.

2. Slower is Better

hand on a detail sander

Work slowly when using a detail sander because the sander is designed to take minimal material away from the surface, especially when working with delicate items and craft projects.

Do not use much force on the wood piece you are working with because you will cause stress to the material and to the tool.

3. Finishing Products

The great thing about detail sanders is the number of attachments you can purchase for them.

Buffing pads, for example, provide you with some amazing finishes without concern for unwanted lines in the grain of your wood.

Detail sanders are also popular for finishing items made of metal.

4. Don’t Apply Pressure

sheets of sandpaper

Detail sanders are handy tools, but don't cause them to over-exert. Their motors are not meant for extreme, heavy-duty pressure--so take your time and don't force the sander to perform.

5. Change Your Speed

Another great feature about the detail sander--and one to remember when working on a project--is you can change its speed, depending on the job.

Changing the oscillation speed can increase or decrease the amount of stress on the sander as well as the amount of material that is removed on a given project.

Most detail sanders have a wide variety of available attachments--some aren’t even used for sanding at all. Because of the way detail sanders customarily oscillate, they have also been known to be a great tool for cutting grout and moldings.

If you use soft oscillation techniques, the tool is quite safe and has the ability to cut through even hard materials.