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Rules for sanding. Begin with a grit of sandpaper that removes the problems efficiently, then work up through the grits until you get the scratches fine enough so they don’t show when a stain or finish is applied. Finish up sanding by hand with the grain.

Why are you working harder than you need to?

Sanding is boring. It’s boring to watch, it’s boring to do, and I find it boring to write about. But myths are fun to write about, and there are some big ones suggesting that sanding to a very fine-grit sandpaper produces better finish results.

So here goes on sanding.

Basic Rules for Sanding

Unless you are solely planing or scraping, sanding is necessary to remove flaws in the wood and mill marks left by machining. The basic procedures for sanding are pretty straightforward and logical.

Whether you’re using a handheld sander, stationary machine or sanding by hand, you should begin with a grit of sandpaper that cuts through the flaws efficiently without creating unnecessarily large scratches that will then have to be sanded out.


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