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The most beneficial discoveries come when you least expect them. Last week as I wrapped up finish on the desk for the November issue and from our upcoming book “Furniture in the Southern Style”, I was about to sand my first couple coats of shellac. I dug through my sandpaper drawer and soon found out that I was out of #400-grit and #320-grit sandpaper, which I use when knocking down shellac or sealer.

There is a hardware store right across the road from my shop, but I was not looking to waste any time running over for sandpaper. On the shelf behind my bench, I have boxes of Mirka abranet – If you’ve read these blogs for any length of time, you know that Popular Woodworking Magazine is a huge fan of abranet. We have sung its praises since we first had the product dropped in our shop.

In my arsenal of abranet, I have a box of #400-grit discs.


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