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Using abrasives to smooth or shape wood. Techniques, recommendations

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How to eliminate waviness/ridges on 4" belt-sanded desktop?

I'm making a desk for my son using hard birdseye maple as the material for the top. I've never worked with birdseye specifically before, but I've used hard maple in other projects. The top is 32" ...
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How to smooth wood that is splintering due to uneven hardness?

I would like to sand this surface to be safe and comfy to touch: I am using a Delta sander with grits: 60, 120, 180, 240, 320 with various speeds and applying various amounts of pressure, but it seems ...
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Saving a sandbox - absolute beginner questions

In 2020 my father-in-law made a sandbox for our daughter. In 2021 he passed away, so this has become an important item to us to remember him by. However, he made some mistakes in building it. For one, ...
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Refinishing a scratched mahogany veneer vanity

I am new to refinishing and slowly working on some pieces of furniture. I am currently refinishing a vintage vanity comprised of mahogany veneer. I now have a bunch of scratch marks in the veneer that ...
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Can you use PVC pipe for drum sander?

I'm considering building an 18" drum sander which will be used for hardwoods (making another chess board). I was considering using some 3.5" PVC pipe and gluing some 60 grit sandpaper to ...
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Should I sand after applying oil-based stain to walnut countertop material?

Here is an Imgur album containing info on the oil-based stain instructions for the stain that I am using: It specifically says: Do NOT sand between coats. I'm reading an article on Home Depot's ...
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Can you do a wet sand with a sanding machine?

I'm interested in using Danish oil. One of the approaches I have seen is to apply the first coat, let it dry and then use 600 grit sandpaper that you wet with the Danish oil for the second and third ...
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Sanding woods of different hardnesses perfectly flat

I'm making a chess board from jatoba and maple. I made a mistake in my planning stage, and mis-interpretted the max width of my planer. As such, the board top is now just a bit to wide to go through,...
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How to smooth out an inside cut?

I found this image online (https://www.tattootribes.com/multimedia/110/Ilaria-BE-heart-tattoo.jpg) that I have traced onto a piece of oak about 1 3/8" thick. I used a bandsaw to carve the outside ...
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Method to remove wood sticker stain / discolored area from pine?

I am using some old pine for flooring and want to keep the rustic saw mark appearance on the face. There are 1” wide horizontal stains across the boards left by wood stickers from drying or stacking ...
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What's the best process for sanding/finishing reactive stained oak floor with hardwax oil to leave the best surface?

I have raw oak floorboards which are being individually stained and finished before being laid. For context - this is my first time doing anything like this, so apologies for my lack of technical ...
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Good methods for scuffing/sanding ready-built furniture with contours for repainting

FYI - I am in the UK I am wanting to do a few upcycling jobs on pieces of furniture that have some interesting compound curves and details (think of beaded panel doors etc). My goal is to paint them a ...
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Sanding & Oiling walnut slab table

I’m making a table out of two thick walnut slabs. My question is in regard to the order of sanding and oiling. I’m working on the underside now and put a coat of Tung oil on, thinking it’s good to put ...
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Splinters in wheelbarrow handles

I have an old wheelbarrow with wooden handles. It works great, but I keep getting splinters from the handles. Sanding the handles hasn't solved the problem. The surface is too rough. I thought about ...
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How to remove a heavy wire-brushed finish?

I bought a (solid) 32x70in white oak dining table that has a pretty heavily wire-brushed finish, something like: The crevices extend over 1mm below the surface. It's really quite impractical as food/...
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Oil-based polyurethane became cloudy after sanding and wiping with moist cloth [duplicate]

I applied a thick coat of oil poly. Once dry, it looked clear in color. However, it was very rough and uneven, so I sanded heavily. After hours of sanding, I wiped the sawdust off with a moist cloth. ...
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Sanding residue - how best to remove?

I'm an absolute beginner to woodworking, so apologies if my terminology is wrong/inconsistent. I have been making a dice holder box, and have gone onto the sanding procedure. Using sanding paper with ...
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What should I do to restore/un-uglify my wooden shoe cabinet?

I have a wooden shoe cabinet (actually it might have had some other purpose, but that's what it does now), whose side has... well, seen better days: but its top face is in (somewhat) better shape: I ...
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High or Low RPM for sanding Epoxy layer on wood?

I have a wooden countertop that I covered with a thin layer of epoxy and, as a beginner, I made a messy job and there are brush strokes on it. Some days ago I started sanding it with a sander with ...
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Using acrylic paint lettering

Good morning. I am making a charcuterie board and want to use water based acrylic for decorative lettering. All of the sanding has been done. Should I use the mineral oil coating prior to putting on ...
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How to smooth out grain texture from shellac?

I sanded the surface to 320 before applying shellac, it was quite smooth to the touch. Unfortunately, right away with the first shellac coat, a grain texture formed, worst in the darkest species. I ...
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What grit sandpaper should I use on my drumsander?

What would be the best grit to stock on my drum sander to level and sand end-grain butcherblocks? I would think 36 grit would go fastest but I'm not sure that's the best option. Edit: I have a ...
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Refinished old door looks awful, nothing like I expected! How to fix?

I had my interior doors dipped a couple years ago and have been gradually staining them (using gel stain and gel varnish). They don't look perfect, but I think they're really pretty (see first two ...
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How to sand out splinters

I am attempting to create a reasonably smooth finish with no burrs or splinters on a softwood 2x4. No matter what I do there are still thin layers of wood that splinter off, especially near some knots....
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Ruggedizing eating table for dough-working operations

I've built this table as well as quickly sanded and lightly stained the top. It works well for a platform to eat from but is mostly unsuitable for preparing food, particular dough kneading (and ...
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Would wood conditioner help keep ink from bleeding on wood?

I'm working on (water-based) ink-jet ink transfers to wood by printing images on freezer paper and then rubbing the ink into the wood. I'm using aspen and poplar for this project. The issue I'm having ...
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Unremovable white powdery residue after wet sanding wood

I'm new to woodworking and know very little, so apologies if this is an extremely basic question or I'm doing something completely wrong. Recently I've tried to sand away a few imperfections on a ...
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Glueing Together Thin Strips of Already Stained Wood

I have hundreds of 1/4" x 1/4" strips of wood. I would like to stain these a rainbow of different colors. Each strip would be stained a single solid color. Then glue the strips together. ...
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How do I smooth a cross section of a tree?

There are already 2 questions on here that deal with this but they both deal with this at large/massive scale: Smooth tree trunk cross section Flattening the face of a board without using a jointer I'...
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Varnish in contact with skin for outdoor material

I'd like to "re-fresh" a balance bike. According to the constructor, its laminated body is made of Simply superply™. Nothing but hand-picked, grade a veneers bonded with the finest marine ply "WBP"...
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How to avoid sanding belt breakage

I have been having a problem with my sanding belts breaking within a couple of minutes of use. Even the new ones I bought at the store were breaking soon after I started using them. I went through ...
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In which direction should I sand the ends of a solid wood countertop?

Here is a picture of the right end of the countertop that I hand sanded vertically with 150-grit sandpaper but I don't get a nice finish. I plan to sand it up to 180 grit and apply an oil finish. ...
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Is it dangerous to sandpaper an old wine barrel?

I bought an old wine barrel second-hand. The owners said it was used previously as decoration in a restaurant. I wanted to lighten up the colour so started to use sandpaper on certain parts. It was ...
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How can I avoid tearout when using a belt sander on pine?

I'm very new to woodworking and am mostly learning from my numerous mistakes. At home, I have two pine boards that sit atop my table and function as a tabletop and also as a work surface for all of my ...
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Sanded lightly between coats of minwax. Applied second coat and you can see where I sanded. How can you fix this?

Refinishing a pine table. Applied one coat of minwax wipe on then sanded as told. Applied second coat and sanding marks still showing. Can it be fixed?
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Sanding Poly coated veneer

I put new oak veneer on a table and applied two coat of polyurethane. It now looks as though I should have sanded down the veneer to a smoother surface. It's not terrible, but it the grain is sticking ...
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Black "dots" on wooden stair treads, can't sand them away

I am quite a beginner as far as diy is concerned and I'm in the process of refurbishing the old wooden stairs in our new house. Never done that before. It was carpeted so I removed it and there were ...
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Are these blotches supposed to be there? If not how do I remove them?

I’ve got a river table I’m working on made out of MonkeyPod and black epoxy. I’m sanding it and noticed that there are blotchy looking areas. (I’m calling them blotchy, I don’t know what they are.) ...
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How to salvage a poorly designed project?

I've been working on a fairly involved project as a Christmas gift for a friend for the past few weeks. I'm building a Dungeon Master's screen for use in Dungeons & Dragons games. I'm having a ...
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How can variable speed be used on a random-orbit sander?

I see some models of random-orbit sanders have a variable speed control. Under what circumstances would I need variable speed while sanding? It's not clear to me what benefit it offers.
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Exposure to a lot of oak sanding dust when didn’t know the harm...advice please!

I got into rustic oak furniture making a few years ago and used a belt sander and detail sander outside on the pieces (about 20 days solid in total spread over 3 years, but covered in dust). I also ...
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Planer/jointer/thicknesser worth it?

I have recently been using a table saw to rip cheap 2 X 4 pine for projects. However, it takes a long time to sand these down to a nice finish, and trying to keep them square is difficult. I'm ...
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Tabletop offcut for cutting board, finishing

I bought a Gerton top for a desk and it is great. I bought a second one and made some shelves from that. I am very happy with this product. My question is, I have some material left and would like ...
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Prepping new, very rough, pressure-treated pine fence for staining

Our new 6' privacy fence is very rough, shaggy, almost furry. We've been told it's best to get the surface smooth before staining both to allow for better absorption and to prevent unevenness when the ...
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How to smooth out final polyurethane coat? [duplicate]

first time posting here and first time doing any sort of woodworking. I purchased the Gerton table top from IKEA and it came pretty scratchy. So I sanded it with 120 grit sandpaper and applied 3 ...
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Do I need to sand off old finish completely before applying polyurethane?

I want to add polyurethane to wood floors to protect them from wear. The floors were already finished and looked fine. I sanded one floor with 120 grit sandpaper, and now the finish looks patchy. I ...
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Sanding small corners of panel doors when refurbishing

I'm currently renovating my house and my first project is the doors. I've got some panel doors with very small edges, and I want to keep these edges nice and sharp. I've put my paint skills to use ...
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How to fix white splotches on pine from wood filler?

total newbie here. First wood project is turning a live edge piece of pine into a kitchen island, but I think I've run into a problem. I wanted to fill holes with this wood filler, but I covered ...
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How to refinish artificially textured surface?

I'm having a bureau used as a working place (for writing, working, studying). Its top has artificially (I suppose) texture finished with lacquer or varnish. It looks OK, but using it as intended (to ...
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Fresh sawn oak sleepers deck

I'm planning to make a deck (~18m2) using oak railway half-sleepers (50mm thick, 200mm wide). They are fresh sawn, so they are pretty rough with splinters, etc. Is this a good idea at all? Can I sand ...
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