After edge profiling a 5’ piece of Jatoba and very very carefully cutting a miter frame for 10” x 10” panel, I was rather pleased with myself. It was by no means the perfect miter, but it certainly will not haunt my dreams the way some of my past ones have. I I did my dry fit and then a little victory dance. After the victory dance I thought,”I should lightly sand the frame before glue up because it will be harder later and I might slip and go across the face grain of the panel when it is in one piece.
So to “lightly sand” the four pieces I reached for the random orbital sander with some 220 grit paper. This was my first time working with Jatoba. It is very dense but as it turns out it sands really really easily.
So I took my orbital sander in hand and cleaned up the large faces including the profiled face. I then did a second dry fit (I’m obsessive that way). Then I kicked myself which hard as I am not a flexible as I once was.
All four pieces were no longer the same thickness even though the came from the same board. And with the exception of one joint; the mating edges were cut from the same couple of inches in the same board. I had not sanded evenly. And the sander had lingered more on some spots of some boards than others. To make the situation worse the edge profile made my stupidity really obvious.
So in conclusion: Friends don’t let friends use a power sander for the finish sanding!
Thanks for reading.
-- mhawkins2 - why does my wife keep parking her car in my shop :)?