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Re: Power tool for sanding toe rail

Oscillating tool with triangular sanding pad (like a Fein or a Dremel). This actually worked well too. The small tool is easy to handle and the motion does not lead to sudden slips. It will slip off narrow surfaces and so when I did the inside part of the toe rail I put a piece of metal flashing in a gap between the word trim and the deck. The tool can result in too much wood being removed, though. The key is to check often (wipe and look) and not to use any pressure at all, just the weight of the machine itself. That uneven cap/rub rail joint created a problem since I didn’t want to sand everything down so that the two parts became flush because I might sanding away the last remaining caulking between the two. Selecting the right grade of sand paper is important, obviously. See previous post for the danger related plug-in power tools.
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