sanding

Unwanted scratches pop out under a low-angle light.

Q & A: Sanding Scratches Revealed

Q: What can I do to see sanding scratches before I apply stain? I always miss some of them until it’s too late. A: Doesn’t that drive you crazy? Just when you should be home free, wham! Now you’re stuck with a lousy finish and there’s no way out.One simple measure can prevent this...

Waterstone Mat

Sharpening Shortcuts

It goes without saying that there is a renewed interest in hand tool woodworking, and much has been written on the topic, and that’s great because there really is a lot to know about these tools that are “new” to many woodworkers. That said, my experience with hand tools has taught me one thing...

Q & A: Shop-Made Sanding Blocks

Shop-Made Sanding Blocks   Q: Commercial sanding blocks all have some kind of padded bottom. Do my shop-made blocks need to be padded, too?   A: Yes they do. Padded blocks have two primary benefits: They increase the life of your paper and they make it possible to use pressure-sensitive-adhesive (PSA) paper. Cork is...

Q & A: Repair a Sand-Through

Q & A: Repair a Sand-Through   Q: I went right through the veneer when I was sanding solid-wood edging flush on some plywood shelves. How can I fix it? A: Sanding through a veneer happens to everyone sooner or later. Here’s an old cabinetmaker’s trick that will salvage what looks to be a...

Q & A: Why Does My Wood Have Stripes?

Why Does My Wood Have Stripes?   Q: I put a clear finish on a beautiful ash table I made and found faint stripes an inch or two wide going across each board. Any ideas on what caused them and how to get rid of them? A: Those stripes probably won’t come out with...

Q & A: Planer or Small Drum Sander?

Q & A: Planer or Small Drum Sander? Q: I’d like to try using more rough lumber, but I’m not sure whether to choose a portable planer at around four bills, or a drum belt sander at around eight.What insight can you offer to help me make up my mind? A: Like most tool...

Triangle Sandpaper

Triangle Sandpaper Triangular hook-and-loop sandpaper for detail sanders first loses it’s bite at the end because that part does most of the work. By cutting a used piece, as shown, and shifting it forward on the pad, you can obtain a fresh end four more times before replacing it with a new piece.

Q & A: Sanding Scratches Revealed

Q & A: Sanding Scratches Revealed Q: What can I do to see sanding scratches before I apply stain? I always miss some of them until it’s too late. A: Doesn’t that drive you crazy? Just when you should be home free, wham! Now you’re stuck with a lousy finish and there’s no way...