Sanding scoops on raised panels for entry doors and garage doors

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Forum topic by woodengaragedoorguy posted 05-09-2013 07:37 PM 1532 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2013 07:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sanding profiles panels finishing

I am in need of finding out the best way to sand the scoop portion on raised panels. I use western red cedar and african mahagony alot more than most wood species and find these 2 species give me the most trouble for time when sanding both with grain and against grain. Does anyone recommend a method or tool for saving time yet still giving a great look before finishing. Thanks everyone

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#1 posted 05-09-2013 07:53 PM

Pictures of my raised panels are here.

To sand the ends I took a 12” length of 1/2” steel rod, wrapped it with sandpaper and mounted it in my drill press. I supported the loose end in a block of wood with a 1/2” hole clamped to the drill press table. Then it was just a matter of sanding the end grain with this very long spindle. While this quickly smoothed the profile it had the tendency of leaving an occasional scratch that was more noticeable than it should have been given the grit of the abrasive. Maybe I wasn’t careful about clearing debris, and the lack of oscillation localized the scratching to one spot.

I sanded the sides – along grain – with sandpaper backed up by a softish sanding pad. If I were to do it again I’d make some blocks the matching shape of the profile out of Bondo or something.

Good luck.

-- Greg D.

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#2 posted 05-10-2013 02:08 AM

I stretch a piece of that foam pipe insulation over a plastic bottle of the appropriate diameter and then wrap sandpaper around it.

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