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Old 11-06-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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what is the proper technique when using the two hand edge sander when refinishing hardwood?
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:06 PM   #2
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The key is not to push hard. It can cause uneven surfaces which will show. Just let it rest on the floor and keep it from moving around too much. Above all don't let it get away from you. It can make some serious groves in a very short time.

If the area isn't bad and you are just cleaning up the parts that a floor sander missed I would use a vibrating rotary sander. It might take longer but it had less potential.
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should i move it around in circular motion, or in a straight line just along the baseboard. should i go back and forth, or just over each area once.
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should i move it around in circular motion, or in a straight line just along the baseboard. should i go back and forth, or just over each area once.
With a belt sander you can't stay in one place too long. It will remove a lot of wood real fast.

Go over it as much as needed.

I have oak floors and they are very hard. It takes a lot to get any wood off those so I had to do a lot of standing.

In the past I have sanded CVG fir and even some redwood floors. Redwood is very soft and you don't want to be doing a lot of sanding on those.
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it's not a belt sander. its a circular disk sander.
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it's not a belt sander. its a circular disk sander.
My bad. I somewhere read belt sander.

I prefer circular sanders.

But the same rules apply. Just go over it enough to do the job. No more.
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