How to perform sanding using the Dremel tool

The Dremel tool is a multi-purpose power tool lauded for its functionality and versatility. The Dremel tool consists of the tool itself powered by a small but powerful rotating motor and a variety of attachments that allow it to perform different tasks. You can use it for cutting, grinding, polishing, engraving, and many others. With the Dremel tool, you can also smooth down surfaces using the Dremel wood sanding bits as the attachment.

Sanding is a process useful for people that like doing DIY projects at home. You can finish off the look of your newly built piece of furniture by getting rid of any unevenness on the surface or repair any dents and splinters that can appear on often-used surfaces, such as dining tables or kitchen countertops. Sanding is also useful if you are preparing walls or furniture for painting. Having a smooth surface ensures that the paint will stick properly.

Sanding with Dremel

You can use simple sandpaper to do the same job but with the Dremel tool, you will be done much faster. The surfaces that can be sanded using Dremel include wood, aluminum, polymer clay, plexiglass, and book board. For sanding, you need the specific Dremel wood sanding bits that consist of the drum and sanding bands. The sanding bands are available in different grits, the same as sandpaper. You just slide the sanding band over the drum, attach it to the rotary tool and you are ready to go.

The grit you choose to use depends on the effect you want to achieve. Coarse grit is used for removing deep imperfections from large surfaces. Since it is stronger, you can use a coarse grit sanding band to shape the sanded item to your liking. A finer grit is better for when you need to polish the surface to make it smooth to touch and is usually the last stage of the sanding process.

Safety tips

Remember that sanding has to be done carefully to avoid harm to yourself or items around you.

Sanding has to be done in a well-ventilated room so that you don’t inhale any harmful dirt particles. If you can, then it would actually be best to do your sanding outside. If you don’t have space for that ask someone to help you with a vacuum cleaner and catch all the sawdust as it appears. For added protection wear a dust mask to avoid inhalation and safety goggles to protect your eyes.

A great advantage of sanding using the Dremel tool is the ability to set different rotating speeds. This rotation is measured in RPM, rotations per minute, and can greatly influence the sanding effect. Be sure to start with the lowest RPM because choosing the higher settings at the beginning can cause you to lose control over the sanding process. Different surfaces should be sanded at different speeds. The harder the material, the faster the speed.

Sanding using the Dremel tool and the attached Dremel wood sanding bits is a breeze compared to using sandpaper. It saves both time and energy as your arm won’t get as tired as with manual sanding.