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Forum topic by wrightssawmill posted 11-28-2011 01:54 AM 1048 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2011 01:54 AM

How to finish red cedar with out so many sand marks????

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#1 posted 11-28-2011 02:48 AM

What grit sandpaper are you using? Cedar is soft, go with something 220 or finer.

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#2 posted 11-28-2011 01:37 PM

Answer: Grit, equipment and technique.

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#3 posted 11-28-2011 02:58 PM

Grab a handplane or finish with a card scraper.

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#4 posted 11-29-2011 03:47 AM

I recently started messing with mantels and they r ruff cut coming off the mill and I start with 150 on my sander and step all the way up to 600 grit. And I still get some small circular scratches.

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#5 posted 11-29-2011 05:51 AM

sand by hand with the grain and they should go away.

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#6 posted 11-29-2011 08:05 AM

Use the same rules as with Redwood – start with 220 and go up to 400 – with the grain, by hand.

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#7 posted 11-29-2011 10:32 PM

Are you not planing the rough cut cedar before sanding? Do you want a rustic finish? Give us some info so we can better help.


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#8 posted 11-30-2011 01:35 AM

I work with WRC all the time. I get it rough cut from the mill, joint, plane and then sand starting with 120 and go up to 180 or 220. It finishes just fine.

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#9 posted 11-30-2011 02:24 AM

Built some tables for the family room with Western Red Cedar … planed and sanded to 320 grit then finished with water-based poly …
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I like the look so well I’m thinking about building a TV cabinet incorporating the same general design.


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