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Forum topic by Kippy63 posted 02-18-2014 06:19 AM 1673 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2014 06:19 AM

Question, I am trying to smooth and sand some interesting pieces of redwood burl root and driftwood. Very curvy, lots of grain, and interesting shapes. What can I use to smooth the curved and bent surfaces of these 12-18 inch wood shapes? I want nice smooth wood that retains the original forms of the redwood. I dont want to change curved surfaces to flat surfaces.
I got some “sanding sponges” but that is taking too long to do it by hand.
I saw a rotating whisker sort of attachment for the hand drill (Black and Decker Flexi Sander) with nylon bristles, instead of wire bristles you might find on a paint-removing/stripping rotating attachment.
What do you guys suggest?

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#1 posted 02-18-2014 12:12 PM

A picture would help with giving and advice. Power sanding could end up a disaster. Have you looked into using cabinet scrapers or just leaving wood as is?

-- Bill

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 02:24 PM

I think you might be doomed to some hand sanding. With a very odd shaped piece like a root, you might be able to do the rougher passes with a soft flap disk as mentioned, but I bet you’ll need to go to hand sanding for the last grit or two.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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