|Forum topic by JDWilliams||posted 56 days ago||582 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
56 days ago
I started this project a few months ago. As time permits I get to do a bit of wood working. I started this project with a simple goal, to prove to a local friend that redwood fence slats could be turned into a beautiful piece of furniture. So, off I went and picked up 40 redwood fence slats from Home Depot. About a month of dry time, hours spend cleaning up the boards on the jointer, table saw and surface planer later, I had some really good looking wood. Below you will see the nearly finished top. I need a few more coats of poly and it will be done. I am relatively happy with the results but would like some advice. After gluing in the the top layer of chevrons, the surface was pretty flat. All wood had been planed to the exact same size. After a bit of putty work on a few cracks, I started sanding. I noticed very quickly that I was developing small “waves” in the wood. These waves settled in along the grain pattern and became more noticeable as I sanded. To do the sanding, I used the RIDGID 6” random orbital sander. This was my first project using this sander and it worked very well, even on the 1/8” orbits on a very slow speed.
How do I get rid of these waves next time I make a desk or table?
-- J.D. Williams