Two years ago I bought my first electric sander and have loved it ever since. It's a SKIL 2.8A 5in. Random Orbit Sander. Since it's the only one I've ever owned, I can't compare it to other sanders available, but I've used it countless times and it has run perfectly every time. I especially love the pressure control feature and the sawdust catcher, even though it doesn't catch all of the sawdust, it helps a ton. Just thought I'd share, in case anyone is in the market for one.
Without fail, within the first few minutes of sanding, one or more of these little guys shows up. I think the sawdust must draw them in. This little wasp walked around where I was sanding for I think almost an hour, maybe more, but didn't ever bother me once. Usually I have them swarming my head, which is really not such a good thing when you're working with a power tool. He was being a good little house guest though, so I let him stay and watched him for entertainment. :) Sanding is so boring, don't you think?
It took me two hours to sand all of these blocks, which really wasn't too long considering the wood was all builders grade pine with plenty of imperfections. Can you see the sander sitting on a rug on the left in the photo? I have an old Christmas door mat that I use all of the time to kneel on when I'm sanding or working on projects out on the patio. I use it on the grass, when the grass is still wet from the sprinklers to keep my jeans dry, it works great!
Do you have an electric sander that you love, or another power tool that you just couldn't go without? Please share! :)
Today's Fabulous Find: Skil Random Orbit Sander
*The Halloween Subway Art is all done and I'm so excited to share it with you! It's already one of my favorites! As soon as I find some time to get the post written, I'll have it up. I've had a busy week and unfortunately blogging wasn't top priority and had to be put on hold. It will be up by Saturday for sure! :)