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

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 06:03 AM

Ok here’s my 2 cents :-) The main cause for the circular patterns when using a random orbit sander is you allow it to come up to speed before it makes contact with the wood, causing it to “dig” in. I always try to start and stop my sander while in contact with the wood.

On soft woods like pine I too agree start out with 150 and move to 220, making sure to dust off the piece between grits, so that you don’t keep the 150 particles on the wood surface.

Also on soft woods, prior to staining, try either a water based, or oil based presealer, they do wonders to prevent blotchy staining.

I’ve also started using a hand scraper more and more to take care of some of the sanding work prior to breaking out the power sander, its amazing how well these thin pieces of metal smooth out the wood.

I wouldn’t call your prayer bench a waste, call it a learning experience and sand it back down and restain it, I’m sure it will turn out looking awesome.

-- James

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