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Forum topic by GuyK posted 04-12-2012 10:28 PM 8821 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2012 10:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sanding finishing sander question

What do you use to remove sawdust from your projects. I am in the process of building 4 hutches for the farm with each having a lot surface to sand. This leaves me blowing off the heavy dust with my air compressor but I will have to buy a case of Tack cloth if I use them to finish up. Any suggestions on eliminating the tack cloth?

Thanks for your help

-- Guy Kroll

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 10:30 PM

Do you have your sander hooked up to a shop vac? Thats what I use. Works great. Then its just a quick cleaning with a vac and its ready for finish. bob

-- Bob

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#2 posted 04-12-2012 10:45 PM

The following is a debatable response. Just stating that up front as there are some that vehemently oppose the use of Mineral Spirits for cleaning.

You are already using the compressor to blow dust off. Good first step as dust does settle in the pores and it loosens everything up. I would make sure and vacuum the surrounding areas as that dust seems to creep back in. I like to do a wipe down with Mineral Spirits with a clean, lint free cloth. I like it because it cleans the project, gives me an idea on the look after staining, and it will expose every flaw in sanding and glue-up before it is stained. It will evaporate before stain is applied.

Some people don’t like it because of the fumes and the use of it to cut and remove finish. If you do not desire to go the MS route, a clean damp cloth will wipe away most of the sawdust as well.


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#3 posted 04-12-2012 11:05 PM

Put a brush attachment on the shop vac.

Better yet, try a good smoothing plane or scraper. Like David suggested, I finish up with some mineral sprits to reveal the grain and any flaws. Remember to lay the rag out flat and let it dry before you discard.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#4 posted 04-12-2012 11:26 PM

I always use microfiber cloths before applying the finishes. They do a great job of removing all dust. I get them cheap at Harbor Freight.

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 12:41 AM

Mineral spirits on a rag…also you get a preview on finished project…might find some missed sanding…it evaporates in a few min.

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#6 posted 04-13-2012 01:22 AM

another mineral spirits wipe down with an old cotton T-shirt guy here…

any body using tack clothes? I’ve always wondered if they leave waxy residue

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 04-13-2012 02:00 AM

I still use tack cloth, but I vacuum the wood with a brush attachment before I use the tack cloth. I also do any finishing work in another part of the shop I have closed off, since the rest of the shop is covered with dust.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 04-13-2012 02:05 AM

Make you’re own tack cloths. dilute some shellac with a little alcohol, soak some sections of cloth in it and let them dry. They will lift the dust right out of the wood pores.

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#9 posted 04-13-2012 02:15 AM

I vacuum the piece first, then wipe it down with mineral spirits.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 04-13-2012 09:20 AM

Thanks everyone for the ideas. It looks like Mineral Spirits is the way to go. I will use it today.

-- Guy Kroll

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#11 posted 04-13-2012 03:58 PM

I use my shop vac with brush attachment and no need to wipe after with ms. Never an issue, even between coats of finish. Just make sure you vacuum it good.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#12 posted 04-15-2012 10:47 PM

If you use a hand plane/scraper, then there is no sanding necessary ( or very little).

I also work outside, so there is no cleanup required. A good gust of wind takes care of it.

Btw, microfiber is a synthetic ie: plastic, therefore made of oil and non bio-degradeable

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