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Posted on sanding, SANDING, sanding...ugh...staining...WHAT WENT WRONG???

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 04:57 AM

Pine is difficult to stain as it is. If you’re staining a piece, you really don’t need to sand with higher than 150 grit on a random orbit sander. The finer you sand, the harder it’ll be to get an even stain. I almost never sand finer than 220. And I don’t own any 80 grit disks. You could actually get away with only 120 or 150 discs.

The stripes you see are probably from not sanding enough. Those ripples were probably in the wood when you bought it, you just didn’t see them.

Yes, sand as much as possible before assembly. If possible, staining and finishing prior to assembly can be much easier. Really depends on the project, though.

-- Gerry,

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