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Philip Edwards

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#1 posted 01-31-2007 12:37 AM

When sanding the important thing is the grade of paper you are using. Always start with the coarsest paper necessary to remove the worst of the machine marks. When the surface is a uniform scratch pattern move up to the next grit of paper. Sand until the whole surface is a uniform texture again and then move to a finer grade, etc.
I recommend starting with 120 grit, through 180, 240 and 320 grit for a smooth and flawless look. Don’t “cheat” and jump to the finer grades as you will spend all day trying to remove coarse scratches with fine paper! Don’t ask me how I know this…...;)
And when you apply your finish you will find that it raises the grain a little and can feel rough when the finish dries. Take fine steel wool and buff the piece and then apply a coat of wax and buff off when dry. You then have a piece that feels like silk and has a deep shine.

Don / Karson
Do you Guys have Metabo sanders in your area? I have the SXE450 ( a six inch ROS) and it has two modes, an agressive 6mm orbit and a finer 3mm. It is half the price of the Festool (not that the Festool isnt a great machine!) but works just as well.

Hope this helps

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