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Sanding perpendicular joints

When two pieces of wood meet at right angles, particular care needs to be taken to avoid sanding across the grain of the wood, as otherwise the surface could become damaged and scratched. This application example shows a practical solution with the eccentric sander, for sanding frames with mitre joints, for example, or even butt-jointed frames.

    Description

    When two pieces of wood meet at right angles, particular care needs to be taken to avoid sanding across the grain of the wood, which would damage the surface quality. Cross-grain sanding causes scratches in the wood which can still be detected easily even after surface finishing, and are to be avoided. Festool's eccentric sanders are superbly suited to such applications. They make it possible to achieve a surface virtually free of sanding rings and scratches. With these tools it makes no difference whether you sand with or against the grain. This is referred to as a "smearing" sanding motion.

    Tools/accessories

    The following tools and accessories are recommended for use in this application example:

    Preparation/set-up

    • The eccentric disc sanders differ in features such as their sanding stroke, the diameter of their sanding pads and their weight. This must be considered if you need to do overhead work, for example. In such cases, the lighter ETS 125 or ETS EC is ideal.

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      The eccentric disc sanders differ in features such as the diameter of their sanding pads and their weight
    • If you need to remove large amounts of material, you can sand first with the ROTEX RO 150 geared eccentric sander in coarse sanding mode and then finish with fine sanding in eccentric mode.

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      If you need to remove large amounts of material, sand first in coarse sanding mode and then finish with fine sanding in eccentric mode
    • Dust extraction must be used when sanding.
      The ETS 150 and ETS 125 have in-built dust extraction and are supplied together with a filter cartridge. These models can be used outside the workshop when you do not have a dust extractor with you.
      All Festool eccentric sanders can be connected to a Festool mobile dust extractor. Using the "plug it" suction hose is especially practical here. If you are sanding painted surfaces, the anti-static model should be used. (Standard feature with Festool)

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      Dust extraction must be used when sanding

    Procedure

    • Select an abrasive from the Festool accessory range with the right grit for the particular surface quality of the wood. Festool offers the right abrasives for different materials (wood, paint, metal, etc.). For wood, use Rubin 2; for layers of paint over wood, use Granat
      • For preliminary sanding of untreated surfaces, use Rubin 2 P 120 abrasives.
      • Always guide the tool so that the sanding pad is parallel (horizontal) to the workpiece surface.
      • Move the sander evenly over the workpiece.
      • Do not spend too long in one place. Remember: The sander removes wood. This can cause dents in the surface.

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      Use an abrasive with the right grit for the particular surface quality
    • When sanding veneered surfaces, there is risk of "sanding through" the veneer – especially at the edges of the board
      To prevent this, use the green thumbwheel to reduce the motor speed, which reduces the rate of material removal.

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      When sanding veneered surfaces, there is a risk of "sanding through" the veneer
    • To sand between paint coats, use Brilliant 2 P 220 or P 240 abrasives. Also be sure to follow the recommendations of the paint manufacturer.

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      To sand between paint coats, use Brilliant abrasives
    • Note when attaching abrasives to the sanding pad: The holes in the abrasive disc must line up with the holes in the sanding pad. Optimum dust extraction is only possible with the abrasives in this position.

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      When attaching abrasives to the sanding pad, the holes in the abrasive disc must line up with the holes in the sanding pad
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