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Forum topic by garage_woodworker posted 03-20-2014 04:19 AM 850 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2014 04:19 AM

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Hi, I have a first timer question. I am working on a project for which I thickness planed some red oak on my Dewalt 735. I am wondering when its time to sand and finish the wood, which grit should I start with? Since some surface patches are not as smooth as others due to grain pattern, I was thinking 120 >150>180 ?

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#1 posted 03-20-2014 04:26 AM

It really depends on what kind of defects you have and how rough the surface is when you start. Many times I may have to start at 60 then go through 80,100,120,150,180

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#2 posted 03-20-2014 04:41 AM

For a wipe on finish, 80—>120—>180.
This is for a wipe on finish (learned from the wood whisperer’s a simple varnish dvd).

When I’m building a film finish, I rarely go over 120.

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#3 posted 03-20-2014 04:46 AM

Start at 120 like you thought initially the 735 and 3 knives leave a great “rough” finish. 80 grit will only lessen the quality out of the 735 and leave you more sanding.


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#4 posted 03-20-2014 04:50 PM

Thanks for your replies. After planing, the long grain looks finished to touch but areas where grain pattern is diagonal, it feels like very fine tear out. I think I will start with 120 as it won’t mess up the long grain finish much as well as it should take care of rough patches also.

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#5 posted 03-20-2014 06:07 PM

On planed wood w/o tearout I start at 100 then go to 180.

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