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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 01-30-2007 05:04 PM


My first piece of advice would be to start looking for books at the library and search on-line for articles and read up on sanding yourself. As proven by previous discussions on this site, you could ask 10 woodworkers how to sand and you are going to get 10 different methods, possibly 15.

Cabinetman offers some sound advice. I’ve always had a mental block when it comes to using a grain filler, however. The way I look at it, if I want a silky smooth finish, I’m going to use a wood with tight, closed pores, such as a rosewood or maple or some such thing, instead of an open-pore wood, like mahogany or oak or hickory.

But wood selection has always been a very important step to my creative process. They type of wood I use in a project is rarely determined by what species I have in surplus or by randomly grabbing a piece and starting to cut. I spend a significant amount of “design time” determining the kind of wood I use and the layout of that wood in the project (grain orientation, location of figured vs. non-figured boards, layout when bookmatching, etc.). For this reason, I will probably never be a really good “production” woodworker.

-- Ethan,

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