Profession wood sander

Wood sanders smoothen the surface of a wooden object using various sanding instruments. Each applies an abrasive surface, usually sandpaper, to the workpiece to remove irregularities.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Types of sanders

    Types of electric sanders such palm grip and pistol grip sanders, their features and application.

  • Sanding techniques

    The various sanding techniques (such as gang sanding), as well as the different sanding papers necessary for which surface.

  • Wood cuts

    Different ways of cutting wood, across the grain or parallel with it, and radial or tangential to the core. The behaviour of cuts of wood under different circumstances and the optimal cut for a given purpose. Influence of special attributes of the wood, like knots or defects.

  • Sanding grits

    Distinguish different grits of sandpaper in order to obtain a rougher or finer finish of the wood.

  • Types of wood

    Types of wood, such as birch, pine, poplar, mahogany, maple and tulipwood.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Woodworking processes

    Steps in the processing of wood for the manufacturing of wooden articles and types of machines used for these processes such as drying, shaping, assembling and surface finishing.


  • Sand wood

    Use sanding machines or hand tools to remove paint or other substances from the surface of the wood, or to smoothen and finish the wood.

  • Maintain sanding machines

    Clean and oil the machines used for smoothing surfaces, check for signs of corrosion, replace defective parts, and perform minor repairs to ensure good functioning.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Clean wood surface

    Use a variety of techniques on a wood surface to ensure it is free of dust, sawdust, grease, stains, and other contaminants.

  • Use sanding machines

    Use and operate different kinds of sanding machines.

  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • Inspect wood materials

    Carry out a thorough inspection of wood material using appropriate methods, instruments, tools, and other apparatus.

Optional knowledge and skills

timber products consult technical resources apply wood finishes use wood chisel keep records of work progress operate thickness planer machine manufacturing of furniture woodworking tools perform test run dye wood identify abrasives types inspect quality of products apply restoration techniques stain wood identify hazards in the workplace monitor automated machines check quality of raw materials set up the controller of a machine meet contract specifications manufacturing of daily use goods troubleshoot manage timber stocks supply machine dispose of non-hazardous waste report defective manufacturing materials record production data for quality control manufacturing of sports equipment

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