How To Use A Spindle Sander [Pro Tips]

The spindle sander has a longstanding reputation for being able to sand well. This sander is used for sanding the edges of the wood. With a spindle sander, you will be able to make the inside edges of curves in your wood smooth.

The spindle sander has many advantages over the standard sander. One is that you do not have to carry sandpaper around with you, as sanding sheets cover the entire spindle sander. The other important advantage is safety. Instead of reaching into the spinning disk, the spindle sander comes with a protective glove.

However, using the spindle sander can be a bit tricky, especially if you are a newbie. That is why I am here today.

In this guide, I will be guiding you toward using your spindle sander. Let’s get started. 

Before moving into the core section, it is better to know a bit about the spindle sander. It will make you feel comfortable while going through the process.

How To Use A Spindle Sander

What Is A Spindle Sander?

Basically, the spindle sander is known for sanding tasks. It can be used for a few more tasks though. This sander comes with a rotating drum that makes up and down movements. This movement makes it special to sand your wood inside curves. Thus the spindle sander works and allows you to have a smooth finishing.

How To Use A Spindle Sander

Step-1: Get Prepared

Before getting started with the sanding process, you have to bring all the necessary equipment needed for your work. You should bring enough spindles in your hand. The size of spindles also matters. Pay attention to this issue. In a word, you need to be prepared with all the essentials.

Step-2 Safety Precautions

After gathering all the essentials, you now have to follow the safety rules. It is recommended to go through the instruction manual of your spindle sander first. Then, you should wear safety goggles and masks for your safety. It is better if you can arrange a protective bodysuit. It is not mandatory though. 

Step-3: Marking Your Work Piece

Now, you have to mark the wood piece you are going to sand. Your marking will give you an idea about how much you need to sand in order to achieve the results. Keep in mind that you should never rely on your naked eyes. Because sanding is a kind of task where perfection is very important. 

If you start sanding without following any prior mark, then there is a high chance that you will end up with poor work. In fact, the perfection of your job mostly depends on this marking. 

Step-4: Choosing The Proper Drum Size

The working criteria of a spindle sander is flowing the sandpaper with an appended drum. I hope you already know that the drum comes in various widths. That’s why you should bring the accurate one that will satisfy your purpose. In order to do that, you should take the proper measurements of the curves first. Then bring a rotating drum following your accurate measurement.

In this step, you can take help from a measuring tape to identify the measurement. It is recommended to start the sanding process by picking a small drum rather than bringing a bigger drum. 

Step-5: Attaching Sandpaper To Your Drum

Now, you have to attach sandpaper to your drum. You will be able to remove the sandpaper easily and replace it by opening it. You need to unwrap the older sandpaper and then wrap the new sandpaper and attach it to your drum. Then, you just have to connect the drum to your machine and make it secure. Be careful that you have turned off the machine ahead. 

Once you are done with attaching the drum, you now have to put in the throat plate. The throat plate should be closer to your spindle. But you have to make sure that the throat plate should not touch the spindle.

After attaching the drum, your sander is now ready to make your job done. You have to turn on the sander now. Then, set the drum speed according to your requirement. You can adjust the drum speed from the machine settings.

Step-6: Start Sanding in a long, smooth motion 

It’s time to start the sanding process now. Before starting the actual sanding process, I would like to tell you to be careful about a thing. It’s your patience. Keep in mind that it is not possible to get your sanding job done in a blink of an eye. You need to be patient and finish the whole process slowly. Thus you will be able to do your work smoothly.

Without it, you need to be careful about not pushing much pressure on the spindle sander. Pushing too much pressure can result in unexpected things. You just need to allow the drum to rotate. The drum will do the job itself. Just keep the wood piece up in one direction. You should hold the wood piece till you don’t find it reaches the mark you made earlier.

Once you find that you have reached your desired mark, you can change the direction now. You have to ensure that you are getting an equal edge on every side. Thus, you will accomplish work. Again, don’t be in a rush. Take your time and have a smooth sanding experience.

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