Makita Random Orbit Sander Kit
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.
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.
© 2013 Susan Zutautas