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


  • 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.

  • 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 techniques

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

  • Types of sanders

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

  • 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.

  • Sanding grits

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

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

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

  • Work safely with machines

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

  • Use sanding machines

    Use and operate different kinds of sanding machines.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

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