This week Greg has been researching sanding techniques for the wood paneling in our den. He picked up some sanding flaps that can be attached to his hand drill for sanding the molding and fluted trim. He modified the flaps by cutting the sandpaper to make it softer and more pliable. He then holds the drill up to the molding and sands. It’s not working out so great. We still have to get into the grooves. I was using a heat gun to try to scrape out the rest of the paint but it’s laborious. He’s now contemplating trying out a soft wire wheel attachment instead.
He picked up some screened sanding pads and a sanding block that helps control dust while sanding. They both work great on the large flat areas of the paneling. He hooks the block up to a small vacuum that sucks up dust as you sand.
I bought him a Rockwell Sonicrafter for Christmas which has been great for sanding hard to reach spots like corners and door frames. We are still trying out all our new tools. Both of us have been sick this week and haven’t felt like doing too much. If you have ideas on how to sand wood with minimal dust please leave a comment below.