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Tip on sanding a large flat surface perfectly flat by adding an aluminum plate to a pad sander.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Sep-Oct 1988 (v.4#4) pg. 10

Park an orbital sander on a piece of carpeting and it will coast to a stop.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #16 Sep-Oct 1990 pg. 10

Use duct tape to convert your pad sander to accept adhesive-backed sandpaper.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #22 Sep-Oct 1991 pg. 10

How to renew the Velcro pads found on some sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #64 Feb 1998 pg. 32

Buyer's guide to random-orbit sanders.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #69 1999 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 124

Tip on using a vacuum cleaner to collect sanding dust from a "dustless" palm sander.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1994 (v.17#8) pg. 10

Shop tests of 10 detail sanders.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1997 (v.20#6) pg. 26

Practical port for palm sander. Plywood stand holds the sander off the pad while it winds down.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jun 1997 (v.20#9) pg. 14

Sanders, a comparison of orbital, straight line and dual action varieties. Includes a guide to 30 different models.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #109 Apr 1969 (v.19#2) pg. 58

How to smooth work faster with a portable electric sander. Comparison of the various types of sanders and points on how to work with each.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #135 Apr 1972 (v.22#4) pg. 38

Using tools. Finishing sander basics.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #242 Oct 1983 (v.33#8) pg. 16

How to get a fine furniture finish through proper use of both machine and hand sanding.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #283 Nov 1987 (v.37#9) pg. 21

No-dust sanding tip when using a finishing sander on a small work piece.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #322 Oct 1991 (v.41#9) pg. 33

Tip on using "mouse pad" material to replace the pad on a pad sander.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #348 May 1994 (v.44#5) pg. 18

The new Varathane "Square Buff" floor sanding machine described.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #373 Nov 1996 (v.46#10) pg. 84

Tip suggests how to protect corners from scratches caused by the baseplate on a finish sander.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #376 Mar 1997 (v.47#3) pg. 24

Tip: Use a piece of shag carpeting to support a sander after you turn it off. The sander can "coast" to a stop by itself.
FINE WOODWORKING #8 Fall 1977 pg. 20

Testing five different orbital pad sanders. Also looks at their internal construction. Includes sanding tips to avoid "swirls".
FINE WOODWORKING #60 Sep-Oct 1986 pg. 62
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #61 Nov-Dec 1986 pg. 4
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #62 Jan-Feb 1987 pg. 4
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #64 May-Jun 1987 pg. 4
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #66 Sep-Oct 1987 pg. 6

Tip on adapting an electric orbital sander for gentle concave surfaces.
FINE WOODWORKING #77 Jul-Aug 1989 pg. 18

Picking a detail sander. A comparison of four models plus tips on their use.
FINE WOODWORKING #111 Mar-Apr 1995 pg. 52
Correction FINE WOODWORKING #112 May-Jun 1995 pg. 10
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #114 Sep-Oct 1995 pg. 6 (Modifying a Fein sander head)

Using a finishing sander.
HOME MECHANIX #684 Apr 1985 (v.81) pg. 18

Finishing sanders and palm sanders. Tips on selection and use.
HOME MECHANIX #733 May 1989 (v.85) pg. 24

Build a stand to hold your orbital sander in an inverted position when sanding small pieces.
HOMEOWNER Jun 1988 (v.13#5) pg. 70

Tip: Make a simple wooden stand to hold an orbital sander upside down for doing small jobs.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Nov-Dec 1980 (v.5#6) pg. 12

Shopping for a portable electric belt sander or pad sander. What is available and tips on their use.
PARENTS HOME Apr 1981 (v.5#7) pg. 9

Look what you can do with an orbital sander.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1967 (v.128#6) pg. 166

Build a stand for a portable sander. Small pieces can be guided against the vibrating surface for easier sanding. Features a tilting work surface.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1973 (v.139#4) pg. 128

Pad sander know-how. Selecting and using a finishing sander.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1975 (v.143#6) pg. 92

Smooth operators. Orbital palm sanders may look alike, but there are differences. What is available and tips on their use.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1988 (v.165#8) pg. 83

Sander secrets. Smoothing rough spots with four portable power sanders. Tips on selecting and using the belt sander, palm sander, finishing sander and disc sander.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1989 (v.166#7) pg. 85

Detail sanders. A comparison of seven models.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1997 (v.174#3) pg. 79

Inverted orbital pad sander. A flat sanding table is equipped with an adjustable fence/dust pickup and powered by an old half-sheet orbital sander.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #79 Jul 1994 (v.14#1) pg. 70, 39 (Insert)

Tip suggests using a worn computer mouse pad as a replacement pad for a palm sander.
SHOPNOTES #26 Mar 1996 (v.5) pg. 29

Tip for avoiding edge tearing of sandpaper in an orbital finishing sander.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #817 Jul-Aug 1997 (v.93) pg. 24

Palm-grip sanders. What is available and tips on their use.
WOOD MAGAZINE #7 Oct 1985 (v.2#5) pg. 74

Holder for a palm sander clamps to a workbench, holding the sander upside down.
WOOD MAGAZINE #46 Oct 1991 (v.8#7) pg. 15

Finishing sanders. A shoppers guide and test ratings of 29 models. Looks at 1/2-sheet, 1/3-sheet, and 1/4-sheet pad sanders.
WOOD MAGAZINE #60 Apr 1993 (v.10#3) pg. 52
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #62 Aug 1993 (v.10#5) pg. 11

Buyer's guide to finishing sanders (pad sanders). Thirty two different models listed.
WOOD MAGAZINE #73 Oct 1994 (v.11#7) pg. 58

Buyer's guide to detail sanders, those sanders with small triangular pads for reaching into tight places. Five models are compared.
WOOD MAGAZINE #74 Nov 1994 (v.11#8) pg. 44
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #77 Feb 1995 (v.12#2) pg. 12

Auxiliary base for the pad of a palm sander extends the sander's action into tight spots.
WOOD MAGAZINE #102 Winter 1997 (v.14#9) pg. 28

Palm sanders. The 3 most common models are compared.
WOODSMITH #33 May-Jun 1984 pg. 7
Added Info WOODSMITH #34 Jul-Aug 1984 pg. 22
Added Info WOODSMITH #35 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 23

Tip: Simple trick to alleviate the problem of loading sandpaper onto palm sanders.
WOODSMITH #34 Jul-Aug 1984 pg. 3

Tip on modifying the conversion pad on a Makita quarter-sheet sander so that the dust collection feature will operate when using Stikit self-adhesive sandpaper.
WOODSMITH #74 Apr 1991 pg. 5

Convert your finishing (pad) sander into the equivalent of a triangle-shape detail sander by making a replacement base (pad) in any shape you desire.
WOODSMITH #100 Aug 1995 (v.17) pg. 4

How to choose an orbital sander.
WOODWORKER #1090 Sep 1984 (v.88) pg. 552

Tip: Load several sheets of sandpaper at one time on an orbital sander. Then just tear off old sheet to expose new sheet.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1979 (v.3#3) pg. 11

Tip: Using pieces of sanding belts on orbital sanders will result in longer life for the sandpaper.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1983 (v.7#6) pg. 66

Detail sanders. A buyer's guide to selecting and using three triangular-shaped pad sanders for corners and other tight spaces.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1994 (v.18#4) pg. 24

Tip on using computer "mouse pads" to replace a worn-out pad on a pad sander.
WORKBENCH Dec 1993-Jan 1994 (v.49#6) pg. 57

How to make a device that fits on a palm sander and sands the slats in louvered doors.
WORKBENCH Feb 1997 (v.53#1) pg. 12

Shop-built wooden cradle holds an orbital sander inverted for easier sanding of small pieces.
WORKBENCH Jun 1997 (v.53#3) pg. 10

Tip on making a replacement pad for a finishing sander from computer mouse pad material.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1998 (v.54#5) pg. 13