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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 05-17-2012 08:54 PM 639 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2012 08:54 PM

While building my Adirondack chairs, I usually will cut the pieces out, then sand them down. The WRC I’ve been getting at the big box stores is finished on one side, but it looks like the planer they used caused the back side to have pits. It’s not a huge problem sanding them out with my orbital sander, (see Jim, I do listen). It seems that no matter how much I sand I still end up with some little marks in the soft wood, (summer growth) that simply will not come out. Fortunately it looks fine when I finish the wood. I like the rough side better than the planed side actually because it looks better after I work it smooth.
My question is; is there a way to get those little cross dibits out of the soft grain, or is that just the nature of the wood?

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#1 posted 05-17-2012 08:56 PM

have you tried planing instead of sanding. Cedar planes wonderfully.

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 09:01 PM

I haven’t tried that except some of the back slats on the side. I use four slats and plane them together, that no 5 you sold me does a great job BTW. At first I thought it might be my OS leaving the marks, but even my mouse with 60 grit won’t take them out. I was thinking it may just be the wood grain I’m seeing. It seems smooth, it just looks like it has tiny waves in the white wood.

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