|Forum topic by jcox||posted 02-19-2014 04:29 AM||1286 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
02-19-2014 04:29 AM
I have some walnut veneer plywood that I am making into a bed. I recently (i.e., today) picked up the Festool ETS 125 ROS and was thinking of using it to smooth out the slight rough spots on the veneer before I get into finishing the wood with multiple coats of waterlox original/sealer and satin finish. I bought the plywood from a good local lumber shop, and so the veneer should not be the microscopically thin stuff you might find at a BORG; however, I’ve only handsanded veneers in the past and am unsure whether I can use an ROS without burning through the veneer and ruin the panel.
Any thoughts? My plan was to do a 180 grit, and then a 220, before beginning to lay layers of waterlox down? Should I skip the 180? Skip the 220? Abandon the idea of using an ROS, or try a different grit level entirely? If it’s possible to use the ROS, I really want to as it would save me a lot of time considering the number of sheets of walnut-veneer plywood I will be using on this project. However, I also don’t want to set myself up for failure if it is impossible or requires a level of skill to do that I do not yet have.
Thanks for your thoughts or any insight you might have!