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Forum topic by Cole Tallerman posted 05-10-2013 03:48 PM 1223 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cole Tallerman

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05-10-2013 03:48 PM

I hate sanding as much as most of you. I never could understand why some people spent so much time sanding. I had been making a good amount of cutting boards and sanding them with the ROS with 80 120 and 220. Then, while cleaning up the shop, I found a piece of 300 grit and 400 grit paper. I had never bought grit this high so i had no idea where they came from. Just as an experiment, I spent 2 minutes with each grit (4 minutes total) and the difference was amazing. The boards actually felt soft. Im just posting this because I see tons of amazing cutting boards posted that say “sanded to 220 grit”. With 4 more quick minutes, you could have your boards shining before you apply finish.

Higher grit makes a difference! (and it requires minimal effort!)

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#1 posted 05-10-2013 04:08 PM

I always sand cutting boards to 400 grit. Klingspor makes hook and loop 400 grit disks. Cutting boards are generally “finished” with mineral oil and wax. Since this isn’t really a finish, you are touching the wood – not the film over the wood as would be the case on a piece of furniture, it’s good to sand the board down as much as possible.

Also unlike a traditional finish, a cutting board is just soaked in a non-drying oil, so you don’t need to worry about having a surface a finish can “bite” into and can sand it down as much as you want.


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#2 posted 05-10-2013 04:22 PM

I sand my cb up to 1200 grit boy does it feel nice

-- Joe, Ga

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