I have done a lot of online searching and have found a few tips for polishing and sanding metal, namely over at SRP. There is not really a "concrete" list of tips that are proven to work.
The main reason I ask is that, after beginning hand sanding on a W&B restore, my minor carpal tunnel like symptoms from work are returning, which worries me. It is apparent that I am going to be unable to do hand sanding without making my wrists even worse. (and before you ask, yes I was using a "jig" to sand, my jig being an eraser with sandpaper clamped on with a heavy duty paper clip --see link) The eraser jig worked well, but still the sanding motion was really messing with my wrist.
Here is what I am considering doing. I have the 10.8 cordless lithium battery Dremel tool, which is absolutely incredible very happy with it. I plan on also picking up the Flex-Shaft Attachment along with the Dremel Workstation (eventually) as well as the Dremel 16 pc Polishing kit. I feel that this should prove to be a formidable opponent to rust, pitting and so on. I know how a lot of you feel about using power tools for sanding and such on straights, but it is my opinion that if you take it slow and are vary careful you will be allright (but we'll see, yes? )
I like the flex shaft attachment as it will allow me a greater amount of flexibility with the tool and also allow me to have a lot more control. This would also allow me to sit on the couch while watching Lord of the Rings (extended edition of course!) and sand away at low speeds as to not interrupt the movie
The workstation has a variety of uses to me, namely the drill press feature. Although it is certainly not up to par with a $400+ drill press machine, it should be able to tackle pins and wood holes no sweat, as I have complete faith in the Dremel. Also, it allows the Dremel to be mounted vertically and horizantally, essentially changing the Dremel into a "bench" grinder of sorts. Also, woodcraft sells longer sanding rods which should work the the Dremel (I think up to 3") which would allow even more room to work.
Lastly, the polishing kit should work just fine too. I plan on concocting a solution of vaseline or baby oil with a mix of crox powder and use that on the felt pads as my polishing compound, along with just a plain felt pad in between. Also, for sanding I plan on using a split mandrel such as found here
What are your thoughts on this? Does it seem like a good plan?
(I hope I dont get any of you in trouble with the SWMBO with these ideas )