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Instead of a Power Sander, Use Scrapers and a Sanding Block

Palm sanders can't be pushed into a corner or wedged against a molding profile. Not so with a cabinet scraper, a flat piece of sharp-edged steel that leaves a surface mirror-smooth. This one has a ball-joint handle that lets you fine-tune the scraping angle. Approximately $39; Lee

We also like the handy Sand Devil, a shapely block that reaches into molding contours with sanding belts instead of sandpaper sheets. Not only are belts quick to install, you make efficient use of every bit of abrasive by moving it around the block as it gets clogged. Approximately $20; Sand Devil
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