Reclaim materials—and your time—with the Restorer
Restorer portable drum/brush sander, no. PXRA2676, $100
I build a lot of projects from reclaimed materials, so I’m eager to latch onto any tool that makes easier the process of restoring the wood to its original surfaces. The Porter-Cable Restorer works as a handheld drum sander, using a 3"-diameter, 4"-long sanding sleeve to abrade away paint, varnish, or even aged grime from wood, steel, and virtually any surface that will hold up to the abrasive.
I used the Restorer to remove several layers of paint from an old window frame and door. The included 60-grit sleeves made quick work of this, but you have to be careful not to sand too aggressively and gouge the wood. The 80-grit sleeves work well, too, without being as aggressive, but load up quicker with debris. I recommend practicing on scrap to get a feel for the tool before tackling a project.
In addition to sanding, you can buy optional drums that swap out easily. A hard-textured paint/rust-removal head works well, especially on steel. And the nylon-brush head effectively removes soft grain from wood, leaving a coarse texture that feels like aged, weathered wood. The steel-wire brush works best on metal. The tool has a dust port, but does not include a bag or adapter for the most common-sized vacuum hoses.
Porter-Cable 888-848-5175, imarestorer.com
Nylon-brush head Paint/rust removal head Sanding drum Steel-wire head