Prep for Finishing

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Blog entry by HighRockWoodworking posted 04-25-2010 08:48 PM 1121 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hand Scraping the years I had many different methods and idea about how to get a project ready for finishing. Like any other part of woodworking we all have our own way of getting to the finishing stage. Some smooth every part and piece with a drum sander, others use a jointer to clean the face of boards, and there are those that prefer hand tools and use a smoothing plane. The smoothing plane takes some practice and I do enjoy using hand tools on my projects but it is definitely a lot more work.

No matter how we get there it always seems that once we are ready to start prepping the project for finish you inevitably find a spot that needs a little extra attention. Whether it’s chatter marks from the planer or jointer or tear-out from a router or saw. One of the best ways I have found to identify the extent of an area I need to fix is with an orbital sander. By lightly sanding the surface the orbital sander will hit the high spots which in turn will highlight the low spots. Once the area has been identified I typically use a combination of spokeshave, scraper, and sander depending on how much work I need to do.

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-- Chris Adkins,

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#1 posted 04-26-2010 04:07 AM

Yes agree.
The wood preparation is very important thing to get good finish.
Very useful article for woodworkers, and finishing peoples


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#2 posted 04-27-2010 02:19 AM

Thanks for the comment Wisno!

-- Chris Adkins,

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