|Forum topic by MarkTheFiddler||posted 07-26-2015 04:09 PM||989 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
07-26-2015 04:09 PM
I used to watch DIY shows all the time. Nowadays I watch occasionally. I still learn and get new ideas but I don’t immerse myself.
There is something I have never seen on one of those shows. They don’t show the correct handling of an ROS.
What I see time and time again is people using the sanders with rapid back and forth movements. Wow, that looks like a lot of work! I’ve even seen some of them straining!
We all eventually learn that the rapid movement causes spiral marks. We also learn that applying all that pressure bogs down the sander, messes up the sanding pad and create pits full of spirals.
I would love to see them showing us how to move slowly across the wood. My personal prederence is 2 seconds per inch. I’d like to see them overlapping the sanding by at least an inch. I would like to see them just relaxing as the sander does the job for them.
I’f like for them to show us how to sand a tough spot like a knot with glue holding it together. They can start by showing us we never turn the sander on edge. They can show us to circle the tough spot slowly with the outer rim of the sander. That way the tough spot gets the concentration and surrounding wood is consistently sanded to prevent visible depressions.
I believe that if you do a very careful job with 80 grit, the rest is just a relaxed pass where the work turns to a smooth, beautiful, ready to finish, pleasure.
One more belief. Showing us how to do something the wrong way, can make us believe we suck at woodworking, have no talent, etc. I’m very hesitant to discuss the “right way” because I am a student. I try to solve hard problems on my own. It rarely means my solution is optimal. It does mean I will probably understand some good advice a little better.
Back to the original point, shouldn’t these DIY shows be slightly more responsible? Wouldn’t the tool makers want to give a demo to the shows using their products? I’ve actually read posts where people on this forum swear off effective products because the best teacher they had was the television.
Please comment about how to spread the right advice. If you have any comments about my ROS suggestions, please help improve all of us.
-- Thanks for all the lessons!