With Proper Care Wood Working Tools can Last a Long Time

It is funny when you hear people talk about how they constantly need to buy new tools because they are attempting DIY projects at home. When you tell someone that it is much cheaper to make something yourself instead of buying it from a home department store, they will laugh and say that the tools cost so much money.

But in reality, wood working tools and other such items are not that expensive when you consider how long they should last. The reason people always factor the price of tools into their DIY projects is because they are not maintaining these tools. Each time they want to start a project, they need to buy the same tools again, because they let their old tools rust and get spoiled.

All you need is some proper maintenance steps and the tools you buy right now will still work perfectly in ten years. This is especially true if you are only doing home DIY projects, because you will probably not be using the tools on a weekly or even monthly basis.

There is nothing complicated about maintaining tools. It is the easier thing in the world, because it only requires you to buy a few extra items. You also need some patience and the right type of planning to ensure you maintain properly.

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Sharpness –

When we are talking about wood working items, the whole point of maintaining them is to ensure they are still as sharp as ever. If you have a fancy cutter or blade, but it is no longer sharp, you will have a very hard time cutting wood with it. This is why your maintenance must always focus on the blades. The only time you need more complicated maintenance steps is if you are buying a number of power tools and keeping them at home.

Random-orbit sanders make good finishes

The raw material for your woodworking projects comes from lumberyards or big box retailers cut to certain standard sizes. You need to cut, shape and finish them to produce smooth surfaces. Various saws, handheld or driven by electric motors, do the cutting for you.

Rasps, files, block planes and sanders take care of the finish. It was hard, tedious work to achieve an even finish with those handheld basic wood working tools.

Not any longer. Random-orbit sanders produce smooth surfaces even in the hands of less skilled woodworkers. They fit in the palm of your hand and are light-weight. Inexpensive sanding disks are for sale everywhere.

What to do when selecting the best random orbit sander:

  • 1.    Do not use a belt sander to make the job

Belt sanders are meant to quickly apply a rough finish to a very uneven, unfinished wooden surface. They are not designed to do fine work, just to remove as much material as possible in a short time.

  • 2.    Match the random-orbit sander to your work.

In the majority of cases, this means to purchase a palm grip sander. They are light and fit comfortably into the palm of your hand. These sanders combine a fast rotating disk with random sideways wiggles. The combination of the two produces a fine, smooth finish without much effort.

Be warned, they also produce huge quantities of fine dust that get into anything.

  • 3.    Big right-angle rotary sander.

It looks a little like an angle grinder and makes just as much noise and dust. It is good to take a lot of material off in a short time but tends to gouge the surface.

  • 4.    Buy a sander with a dust port.

Sanders are by nature dust makers. Modern power sanders have a port to attach a shop vac. What a relief.