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Makita Random Orbit Sander Kit

Updated on February 7, 2018

Furniture Refinishing

One of my hobbies is refinishing wood furniture. I've done dressers, a coffee table, and several wooden shelving units. I'll spot an old piece of furniture that has been painted and the first thing that comes to mind is wanting to strip the piece down to reveal the beauty that lies beneath all the paint.


I have several sanders that I use once I've stripped all the paint off, which include; the Makita 4 1/2-inch finishing sander, a Makita 5-inch random orbit sander, and I'll occasionally use a belt sander for larger projects.

The Dresser

that is in the picture below was covered in about 6 coats of different colored paints. When I rescued this dresser from my mother in law who'd had it for years before me, it was an awful shade of green.

I started out by applying a chemical stripper to the dresser using an old paintbrush. Please note that I did this in sections. Once the paint started to bubble I used a scrapper to remove the paint. It took several coats of paint stripper and scraping to remove all the paint. Next I used my Makita finishing sander using an 80 grit sandpaper to remove all the little bits of paint that were left. You can use this sander or an orbital sander. I've used both and find I get the same results. I then changed the sandpaper to a 120 grit to smooth out the wood. Next, again changing the sandpaper, this time to a 220 grit, going over the entire dresser.

Wood Filler, sanding sealer, and then a dark stain were all used to get the end result you can see below.

I am by no means a professional wood finisher but I do enjoy refinishing furniture. My next project is quite large as I want to refinish my entire bedroom set, which includes a man's dresser, woman's dresser, two night stands, and a headboard. Right now the pine set is stained dark. I'd like to remove the stain and clear coat all the pieces.

Makita is a brand name that I personally like. I find that all their tools are very well made and they last for years. If you are interested in purchasing the Makita 5-inch orbit sander all you have to do is click on the buy now button below the first picture of the sander.

This sander would make a lovely gift for anyone that works with wood. Perhaps you'd like your husband or wife to refinish a piece of furniture for you. Buying them a sander would be a great way to get them motivated.

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Dresser/desk that I refinished. The area under the top drawer folds down and you can use this as a desk. Inside this part  there are little cubicles.
Dresser/desk that I refinished. The area under the top drawer folds down and you can use this as a desk. Inside this part there are little cubicles. | Source

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    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Diana Wenzel: I had wanted to refinish the bedroom set last summer and never did get to it. If the snow ever disappears here I hope to be able to get to it this summer. Thanks so much!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      That was a big job you tackled. I, too, enjoy refinishing furniture to restore the original beauty. I'll be doing some sanding today with a palm sander. Was just looking at the Makita finishing sanders on Amazon yesterday. Have loved my Makita tools. High quality and excellent value. Thanks for showing us what can be accomplished with the right tool and plenty of determination and elbow grease. Nicely done!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks Charli, It was fun to refinish it.

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      4 years ago

      Nice job on the dresser!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ChristyZ: You're welcome to borrow it anytime you'd like Sis.

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      4 years ago

      I love to refinish wooden furniture too! This looks like a great sander!


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