|Forum topic by RussellAP||posted 362 days ago||1091 views||0 times favorited||32 replies|
362 days ago
I don’t want to open a can of worms here, but I see a couple things going on with woodworkers that definitely divides us into camps.
There are guys out there that just show a piece some 220 and proceed to finish with stain or seal.
Most of the guys say I’m crazy for starting with 40, but you know, if you didn’t plane the piece, you need to somehow get down into the scratches and dirt that gets into the wood. Frankly I don’t know how anyone can just do some 80g to 220g and quit. I’ve tried it and the wood still has many imperfections in it.
When I sand a piece, I’m looking for perfection, not close, but perfect. Why put all that work into making something if you short the finish. It will never look as good as it can.
So I start with 40G on a ROS and work up to 320. Then I seal and repeat the 320, then seal again and use 600 with ROS, then the last finish gets just wiped with 1200 or buffed with a buffer. Then wax goes on and it’s buffed again.
I know you all have your tried and true ways of sanding, but I think most of you let the fact that you hate sanding cause you to take shortcuts and not get the best finished product.
Some woods don’t need much sanding, and higher grits is a waste of time, but most hardwoods can be brought to a lustrous sheen with higher grits.
It’s just a choice though, to go all the way, or just part of the way.
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