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Orbital sander papers coming off

It sounds like you need to replace the pad on your sander. This is the "hook" part of the hook and loop system. This is a typical point of failure for orbital sanders, so it should be fairly easy to ...
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Orbital sander papers coming off

Be sure to check whether the hooks (part of the hook-and-loop) on the backing pad are intact (not melted) and not clogged, all the way out to the edge of the pad. Usually the hooks around the edge ...
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How do I achieve flush joinery when the pieces need to be stained differently?

Stain the pieces separately before they're glued up, hoping that I don't have to sand through the whole stain to get the joints flush. Even the deepest penetrating commercial stains, applied in the ...
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What would be the best way to bevel an oval table top?

To expand upon @keshlam's answer, you're going to want to purchase a chamfer or low angle bevel bit. Amazon (among others) sells a 60-deg bevel bit (pictured below), and chamfer bits can be found at ...
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Options for sanding this type of bandsawn woodwork

If I were going into production, a dedicated special purpose sanding machine would seem appropriate. However, for the one-off sort of project that most of woodworking SE contributors are likely to do,...
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Sanding inside pockets, fast

Personally I would have aimed for an internal milled finish that didn't require sanding, that's the ideal. Obviously too late for that now and I don't know if that's possible with the Shopbot and the ...
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Sanding inside pockets, fast

Bandfile Belt Sander Not advocating any particular product but showing the product picture Image from Harbour Frieght That should help you get into the tight spots quickly and efficiently. Only ...
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What are the differences in use between a drum sander and thickness planer?

You're correct that the planer can remove much more material at a time. With the planer, it is also simple to adjust the depth for removing more material in a pass. With the drum sander, you can ...
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Is it drastically more work to sand down barn wood instead of planing?

Bandsaw the planks in half. They'll net out slightly under 3/8's but not only will it be faster, you'll end up with twice as many usable boards afterwards, because you'd be able to keep both faces. So ...
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How to clean clogged sandpaper

There are special products out there called sanding belt cleaners (one such is harbor freight sku 30766), they're essentially large gum eraser sticks that grab particles out of the sanding belt. ...
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What's water sandpaper for?

On the terminology first, "water sandpaper" is not the commonly used name for this type of paper. It's generally referred to as wet-and-dry, wet-n-dry or wet-or-dry paper (with or without the hyphens) ...
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How deep will sandpaper penetrate?

You can see the diameter of the average grit in a piece of sandpaper here: https://www.gessweincanada.com/category-s/11328.htm Assuming the grit is embedded at least 1/3 of this diameter, you would "...
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Sanding woods of different hardnesses perfectly flat

My other option might be to glue a rougher grit paper to a large flat board and use this combined with a lot of elbow grease to smooth it out. If you use the right abrasive and the right strategy ...
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how can I make sandpaper last longer?

Sandpaper is a consumable, and in fact people should be encouraged to discard it more readily as it's very common — and not just with amateur woodworkers :-) — to use paper until it's worn out and no ...
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Options for sanding this type of bandsawn woodwork

The guy I bought my used bandsaw from, only got a new one because of one feature I found fascinating. He wanted a bandsaw he could fit a sanding-band into. I just tried looking for this on ...
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Planing the inside of a curved surface

This may or may not be a duplicate. I think the best solutions were already covered in the "possible duplicate candidate". I'd go for a thick scraper. The only other things i can think of from the ...
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"Presanding" wood, before assembly?

Prefinishing (and thus presanding) are talked about fairly often as a suggested step to avoid having to apply finish or sand into corners and other tricky areas. General idea is to get everything ...
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How to clean clogged sandpaper

I've been using an old sneaker because I saw it recommended repeatedly. Seems to work fine, and doesn't effect the remaining grit so far as I can tell. https://www.familyhandyman.com/tools/use-a-...
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How can variable speed be used on a random-orbit sander?

When you want to sand more aggressively, you use a faster speed. When you want to sand more gently (to take greater care not to sand through veneer or finish for example) you would drop to a lower ...
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How to smooth out an inside cut?

Once you've sawn1 out the bulk of the waste some careful chisel and gouge work may get you most of the way there, after which the ideal tools for completing this sort of shaping is files. Needle files ...
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Are these sanding discs defective?

To confirm, is that the pad (the squishy part that attaches to the sander and has Velcro to attach a sanding disk to) or the disk itself (the Velcro-backed replaceable disk with grit material)? In ...
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Polyurethane Book Case is Rough, Sand in Place?

Could I use a high grit or wet sand paper to knock the finish down where it's smooth enough not to catch the duster? Yes sand it, but no need to wet-sand or use a particularly high grit. If you were ...
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Warped Walnut Slabs

We have to be careful in advising you here since what you mean by "warp" may not match the commonly accepted definition. Some people use the term generically to refer to boards that aren't flat along ...
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Using scrapers on "fuzzy" woods

That final emphasis is mine. I get that sanding can create fuzz due to tearing. That makes sense. Scrapers are supposed to avoid that by slicing the wood instead of gouging it. Yes in theory, but ...
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Tips for Simple Inlay of Brass into Walnut

First question about this is does brass sand away with regular sandpaper (say 120 grit) or does it require something special? Yes it does but you'll run into a big issue with metallic particles ...
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Is it drastically more work to sand down barn wood instead of planing?

A simple test on one plank will tell you that sanding is not practical for reducing the thickness by 3/8". Even planing them in a thickness planer will take 5-10 passes and sanding, even with course ...
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"Presanding" wood, before assembly?

Very related: At what stage of basic furniture making should I "finish" the wood? Should I finish before, during, or after assembly? The second thread was marked as a duplicate of the one ...
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My contractor sanded our plywood seating... Is there any way to fix the finish?

Paint it, or pull off the hardwood edges, veneer over it with a new piece of veneer of the same species, and then apply new edges. Depending on if you have multiple other matching finished end ...
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How do I shave off a few millimeters from a board?

By hand I'm afraid there's no easy way to remove excess material from the edges of chipboard (particleboard for those in the US). In general the idea is to saw it to the exact size you need because it'...
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