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Forum topic by Betsy posted 12-17-2011 10:35 PM 1013 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Betsy

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12-17-2011 10:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cheese board finish scratches

I’ve managed to get one of my bosses gifts done this weekend but I’m not happy with how it turned out. It looks great laying on the table, but when you put it up to the light you can see scratches. I sanded through 320, then used a lightly damp clothe to raise the grain then re-sanded to 320. Then I put on a coat of salad bowl finish. Let that sit for about 6 hours then lightly sanded with 400 grit. Cleaned off the dust with a lightly damp cloth and then applied a second coat of salad bowl finish working in it with 400 grit wet dry paper.

If you don’t hold it up to the light it looks great – but yikes – I need to fix this if I can so any advise would be appreciated.

The first picture I tried to capture a little bit of the light reflection so you can almost see what I’m talking about.

The second picture show how well it looks if you don’t glare light onto it.

Thanks in advance for any help.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine


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lew

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#1 posted 12-17-2011 10:40 PM

Did you sand with a random orbital sander?

Because the grain runs in so many different directions, it is impossible to sand “with the grain”.

I made some serving trays with the same design. Ended up using a cabinet scraper to eliminate most of the scratches. But even then, there were some left.

Lew

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

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Betsy

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 10:45 PM

Yep a random orbital sander for the 320 grit but the 400 I used by hand. I wouldn’t think that 400 grit by hand would make those scratches though – do you?

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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lew

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#3 posted 12-17-2011 10:53 PM

I would not think so, either, Betsy.

Because the finish is already applied, I think it will really gum up sand paper if you try to re-sand it- that happened to me when I discovered scratches in the kitchen island top. The scraper might work better. You may need to get a holder, also. With your muscle spasms, holding the scraper may acerbate the problem.

Lew

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

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Betsy

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#4 posted 12-17-2011 11:06 PM

I’ve got a scraper holder – I’ll give that a shot and see what happens. I’m just sick over how it’s turned out. The walnut in the board matches her wine cabinets almost exactly so I really want to get this thing fixed.

Thanks for the advise Lew.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 12-18-2011 06:44 AM

Well I can’t offer any more advise… but it is very nice…

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#6 posted 12-18-2011 10:03 AM

This wood business is certainly a learning experience. For me, I have learned that “light” is everything before appling any finish to wood. To see those unwanted scratches I have to look at the piece from every angle under a bright task light and then I have found that the best way to find any remaining scratch marks is to go outside and look at my work under natural daylight. I love my orbital sanders but they can hurt you as well as help you I have found.

Good luck…..........

-- mike...............

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Betsy

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#7 posted 12-24-2011 04:45 AM

Thanks to all. I posted my project, i couldn’t use the scraper as it was too much for my hands, I ended up sanding down to bare wood, sanding through the grits again and refinishing.

Red -I really do need better light in my shop, probably would help a lot.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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