Bill Wyko's Segmented Monsoon A La Festool

Monday, July 14, 2008 | Reader Comments | How-To | Joiners | Sanders

Festool Fest

Bill Wyko is a true artisan, producing beautiful and interesting pieces of art. Bill talks about how using the Festool Domino and Festool sanders help produce these magnificent segmented vases comprised of nearly 1,500 pieces of wood.


The Pellow Island Cabin Restoration

Sunday, May 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | How-To | Reviews | Sanders

Frank Pellow is a retired software developer living in Toronto, Ontario. After retiring five years ago, he built a woodworking shop in his backyard in support of his new "job" as a carpenter, cabinetmaker, toy maker, repairman and gardener. He works about half the time in his shop and half the time outside or offsite at the homes of his daughters, friends, and most importantly, at his island on Lake Pivabiska near Hearst Ontario and about 1,000 kilometres north-west of Toronto. Don't we all wish we had our own island?


Making Sanding More Tolerable (Without Dust)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | Dust Extractors | Sanders

Marc Spagnuolo: Making Sanding Tolerable

CT Dust Extractors & Festool Sander Video Demonstration

Marc Spagnuolo of, demonstrates the capabilities and unique features that, when combined, can make even the dreaded task of sanding a tolerable, and possibly enjoyable, process. Find out how Festool approaches the real challenges and problems faced by woodworkers and finds innovative solutions. As an added bonus, Marc shows how to levitate wood with your Festool sander.

Enjoy this great video done in Marc's entertaining yet informative way.

Understanding the Two Modes of the Rotex Dual Mode Sanders

Friday, January 4, 2008 | Reader Comments | Sanders

Understanding Rotex Modes

The Rotex dual mode sander has a gear-driven rotary motion and a random orbital motion; both motions have their advantages.  The gear-driven rotary motion is appropriate for aggressive material removal and polishing, the random orbital motion is designed for fine sanding.


Festool Facts: A History Of Sanding Innovations.

Sunday, November 4, 2007 | Reader Comments | Festool Facts | Sanders

MMC Electronics

In 1951, Festool introduced the world’s first handheld orbital sander which shaved hours off of an otherwise tedious job.

In 1976, Festool develops the first random orbital sander to market maturity.

In 1984, the dual-mode Rotex RO 150 E for outstanding surface results with a single tool, from rough sanding to fine finishing - the first sander of its type.

The Battle Against 'Swirl Marks'

Thursday, November 1, 2007 | Reader Comments | How-To | Sanders

David McGibbon

by David McGibbon, Festool Service Technician

Swirl marks can be caused by...

Bad Sandpaper

Little groups of loose grit particles get imbedded onto some areas of the sandpaper. They can then make scratches that show up in the stained finish as darker lines where a denser layer of stain can accumulate. This is common with cheaper grades of sandpaper. Or, where larger grit particles from previous passes with heavier grit papers have left larger loose bits of abrasive.

For the best results, the worked surfaces should be dusted off between changes to finer grit abrasives… and use good quality paper.