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03-15-2011 11:13 PM

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Gimmmmme some sanding techniques!!!!:)

-- John

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 11:38 PM

The grit side goes against the wood.

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#2 posted 03-15-2011 11:59 PM

Ho! Ho! Hobo!

A bit like laying turves: “Green side up!”

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 12:03 AM

Wonder if hobo blocked him yet….

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#4 posted 03-16-2011 12:18 AM

No matter what, when hand sanding, use a sanding block.

With each stroke, repeat to yourself….”I love to sand”

Never skip a grit

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 03-16-2011 12:23 AM

Pot calling the kettle black ? PK ? (Please note: this is meant to a gentle jokey remark)

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#6 posted 03-16-2011 12:37 AM

lew has it right!
Use a block.
Sand with the grain.
Repeat “I love to sand”
Never skip a grit.
Sanding is the beginning of finishing.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#7 posted 03-16-2011 12:40 AM

Sanding can actually be a great way to improve the precision of your joinery. After a few episodes of “Aw, that’s close enough. I’ll clean it up when I sand it”, you’ll start paying way more attention to your pre-assembly work. – lol

NO!! You may NOT ask how I decided that!!

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#8 posted 03-16-2011 01:07 AM

I own 9 different types of power sanders (stationary belt, portable belt, strip, OSS, ROS, drum, disk, finish and Dremal). Despite all these power sanders, virtually every important job requires some hand sanding.

Also, on flat surfaces, consider a card sander in lieu of sanding.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 03-16-2011 01:50 AM

UUHHMMMM?? Who Said This??

“Well its the Beginning of a new user! In my and Youtube profile and channel I will show you guys how to make stuff out of wood while only using very simple tools!”

You want to know how to use Sandpaper??? The FOUR Power Sanders you talk about in your UTube Videos?

I guess I’m just missing something here????

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#10 posted 03-16-2011 04:58 AM

I think of sanding as bringing out the beauty of wood… that thought gets me through the task. But Earlextech and sawkerf are both right and pay close attention to what richgreer says about his sanders and his CARDscraper.

Card scrapers are what I swear by. They are simple tools that were in use before sandpaper was invented and once you learn how to use one and sharpen it, you will save yourself hours of sanding if you want to blend bumpy joints into smooth seamless joinery. Google “cabinet scrapers” and “card scrapers” to learn about these tools and be patient with your learning curve. It’s taken me about a year to learn the tricks of usage and sharpening, but now I’m comfortable with them.

As for sanding, I throw out the conventional methods and power sand up to 150 grit only (220 on soft pine). Anything more then 150 closes the grain to tight. After my 100 – 120 – 150 sanding, I wet dampen my work and once it dries, all imperfections pop out of the wood and I hand sand with 180 grit (on a block).

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#11 posted 03-16-2011 05:31 AM

My advice to you son, is don’t get too big for your britches…..There are people on here that have been doing this for a very long time, and you probably can’t show them anything they don’t already know, even with hand tools, power tools, and a sanding block. If you want to learn things on this site, pay attention to what these folks tell you, and you’ll go far….95% of these people on here have already been where you’re headed. When you learn from these folks on here, you’re learning from the best there is….
I read your blog, so just take it easy….we’re here to help you if we can and answer any questions you might have…that’s what this site is all about…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#12 posted 03-16-2011 07:21 AM

Thanks bernie!!!! and thanks to you to rick!!!

-- John

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#13 posted 03-16-2011 05:58 PM

Buy a decent hook and loop sander. Start with 80 grit and finish with 220 grit. (We’re not talking auto-body here. You don’t need to go to 800 grit.) The more you sand with a power tool, the less stress will be on your arm. Also, sanding creates dust…you need a mask and a shop vac. I hooked mine up to my sander…makes a world of difference!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#14 posted 03-16-2011 10:32 PM

Don’t forget the elbow grease! Man oh man and isn’t that mantra just so necessary: HMMM, I LOVE SANDING, HMMM! Well said LEW!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#15 posted 03-19-2011 11:31 AM

What Rick Dennington Said!!

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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