Is there a quicker way to sand the many spindles on chair backs and legs other than the old-fashioned way?
Greg Williams: There are several manufacturers producing what are essentially abrasive-coated strings for hand sanding, as well as disc-mounted strings and abrasive-loaded plastic fingers on a spindle or mandrel that can be used to sand the profiles much faster than by hand. There are also slitted or sliced abrasive discs that become flexible, multi-layered wheels that will sand profiles like this. Try looking for names like flap wheel, flap disc, sanding mop, and sanding star.
Tim Inman: Another old timer is the Sand-O-Flex, a wheel you put into an electric drill. It is a set of brushes which carry sandpaper strips onto the work surface.