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Forum topic by Bobby posted 09-05-2014 03:44 PM 660 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2014 03:44 PM

Hi all…

I’m not sure if this is the right place to post my question, and if not, I’m sorry and will make sure I get it right the next time I post.

I’m redoing the landing on my staircase with oak tongue and grove flooring. The steps are already in and I am thinking that it would be easier for me to sand and then stain the wood before installing it. It is only about 12 square feet.

My question is about the sanding and what sander I should use. Would it be better to use the “rectangle” 1/4” paper sander – for lack of a better description – or should I be using the “round” orbital sander? What would be the advantages between one or the other?

Or, would it be better to use the belt sander?

Many thanks in advance,


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#1 posted 09-05-2014 03:55 PM

The round random orbit sander will not leave any sanding marks on your wood. The other type has to be used with the grain to prevent scratches.

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#2 posted 09-05-2014 05:19 PM

Thanks Papadan!!!

I was kind of leaning that way. My other question is, in what situations would I be using the other sander?


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