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Questions tagged [sanding]

Using abrasives to smooth or shape wood. Techniques, recommendations

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What to do after staining table and getting dark streaks

I sanded a secondhand table and after I staining it looks streaky. Don't know the type of wood. How can I fix this? Pic added of the table before I sanded and one after I sanded and before I added ...
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How are these toolmarks happening, and how to prevent / get rid of them?

I'm noticing that when I turn really hard woods, even with brand-new and very sharp carbide bits, sometimes I'll see these long scratches on the surface. Often they'll only become apparent once I've ...
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Options for filling drill holes

What are some good solutions for fixing my wooden stairs that have giant holes in them? I am trying to recondition the stairs and have a carpet runway up the stairs but came across these holes that ...
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A beginner's question about sanding, stain, and polyurethane for a SMOOTH finish

I'm doing to hobby pieces using 3/4" pine ply. On my faces, I've sanded with 80, then 120, then finish with 220 using random orbit sander. To the touch, it's very very smooth. I'll give it a good ...
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End-grain cutting block surface smoothness

I bought a cherry and walnut cutting block from an amateur woodworker. Inspecting the surface, there are these little pits in the wood, which are possibly table saw or planer marks that weren't sanded ...
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How to flatten out a wavy panel?

So I have created a door panel that has a herringbone design using 1" x 6" thin black walnut panels. I went through and filled small cracks with a glue / sawdust mix and then sanded it down as normal ...
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Outdoor teak table and chairs options

I have acquired a ~10 year old Westminster (do they use grade A teak?) teak table and chairs and am now looking to restore to a high quality, starting with the table. I've had a look online for the ...
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Oiling and sanding

Would it make sense to apply linseed oil before sanding and then sand the piece and then eventually apply the oil again? In order to create less airborne sawdust. Or it wouldn't make much difference?
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In what order should I sand and route my edges?

I'm building a kitchen table from a planed slab and want to round the edges over using my router and a 1/8in round-over bit. I am curious if I should sand up (80grit - 320grit) first then do my edge ...
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How to clean clogged sandpaper

I recently bought a belt sander and noticed that while using it stationary it can get clogged (on a certain region) real fast. The sharpness of the area is not lost but it's just clogged with wood ...
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How can I round edges in places where no router, plane or sanding block can reach?

When building boats, I often have to round edges of various parts so that they are less prone to breaking, and less likely to hurt anyone who might hit against them. However, more often than not, ...
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Finishing wood slices to an even thickness

I’m trying to make some wood slices, which I want to have a smooth flat finish, and be the same thickness across the slice (to within say 0.25mm). Ideally, all the slices would be the same thickness, ...
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How do I achieve flush joinery when the pieces need to be stained differently?

When people need flush corner joints (say, dovetails), I usually see them glue the piece up, sand or plane the joint flush, and then apply stain to the whole thing. That won't work for me, because I ...
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How to sand round edges

I want to make many irregular shaped cutting boards. for making smooth edges , I want to use round over bit. because of the round edges , I don't know how to sand perfectly. I just found pipe belt ...
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Wood table treated with raw linseed oil, how to speed up drying?

After sanding my wood table with sandpaper grit 80, 180 and finally 240, I applied a first layer of a mixture of 25% turpentine and 75% raw linseed oil, then two layers of 100% raw linseed oil. After ...
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How to remove paint in dent of guitar

I've sanded the body of my guitar but there are still some dents with paint in it. It's ash wood. My question is how I can remove the paint in these dents?
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White spots on ash wood

I'd just sanded down the lacquer from my guitar, which worked pretty well. After a control of the surface I saw some white rough spots as you can see in the following pictures: As far as I know it's ...
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How can I rotate a wooden ring and still be able to sand the inner/outer surface by hand?

I'm sanding some wooden pull up rings by hand, and I'd like to know of a technique to sand them so that the ring can rotate about its center, but still allow me to grip it with some sand paper in hand ...
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Does it matter when you sand in relation to applying a finish?

When I was building my first piece of furniture I remember reading a SO answer or forum post where someone made a special note of how sanding has some effect on opening up the grain, and either should ...
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Finish Sanding before or after wood burning in a design

I am starting to get into pyrography and I am completing my first design; I am wondering if I should finish sand before or after I burn in the design? It would seem that after burning in the design an ...
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How can I flatten the floor of a small carved box?

So I've drilled and carved out a small box. The Forstner bit that removed the bulk of the insides left a load of little holes in the bottom. The finish is far from perfect. I've tried working it with ...
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Ran into a few issues while staining my table top

My table top is made out of ash. There were a few spots that didn't take the stain well. Any suggestions on how to approach fixing these spots? This is my first build, so any help is appreciated!
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Advice on surfacing board with sander

I have a couple of boards of white oak I want to glue up to make a platform for a computer. They are straight enough for a glue up but will require some surfacing for flatness and overall look. I am ...
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How do I shave off a few millimeters from a board?

When I purchase wood from the local carpenter a lot of boards are 1-2mm off which results in gaps in my furniture which I usually just fill with silicon. I don't have a sanding machine with a length ...
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Using a sheet sander vs hand sanding

I have just made a picture frame that is 30" x 9" and 2.5" from the inside of the frame to the outside. I was just given a sheet sander and I am looking to sand the frame so it has a smooth finish ...
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Stair treads do not look smooth after sanding and finishing

I recently bought a house and decided to remove the carpet from the stairs and install hardwood instead. To save money, I decided to buy unfinished stair treads and risers and to finish them myself. ...
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Belt sanding belt joints

I was at the store the other day and they had a different belt available. It was a little more expensive. And instead of having tape on the back like I am used to on this new one they removed a good 1/...
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My contractor sanded our plywood seating… Is there any way to fix the finish?

Just like the title says... any way to make this look less bad?
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Color cross-contamination after sanding

I'm a novice woodworker making a knife handle from two different woods. The front and back of the handle are Indian rosewood, while the middle part is birch root. During sanding, it looks like some ...
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Spots on live edge after sanding

I have a slab of walnut with two live edges. After sanding down the live edges at 150 to remove bark and prep for finishing, I noticed these spots. Did I over-sand somehow? Or are these some odd ...
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How deep will sandpaper penetrate?

This may not be important, but it was something that I would find pretty neat to know. And the question is simple, how 'deep' will a given grit (36,80,120,etc) tear into the wood. I do not think there ...
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Refinishing - how much to sand

I'm refinishing a bakers box and it has some scratches and tape over it. Am I supposed to sand the stain off or just the poly? I generally like the color. I could darken it a shade to a darker ...
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Cheap or Expensive sandpaper?

I read on all the different types like aluminum oxide, silicone carbide, etc. And the open coat closed coat. But what about price? Is, say, a pack of 5 sheets (assorted) for $4 not going to last/...
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Finishing a narrow cavity

This is a continuation from my previous question on the log box I've been carving. Since then I've carved the handle (thanks for the advice!) and added a magnet closure system for my swivel lid (...
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Proper operation of a thickness planer and the “do not's” of planing

So during a current project of mine I ran into the issue of needing to plane down a good portion of a wooden piece (about a 1/16th - 1/8th). Now the key issue with this piece was the size and the ...
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Alternatives to a spindle sander

I was wondering what alternatives there are to a spindle sander or hand sanding when it comes to sanding concave curves. I have seen artificial spindle sanders created using a drill press/drill, but ...
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Getting sanded poly slurry out of wood grains

I am towards the end of finishing a bench that has paduak. The wood (I found out after the fact) is quite oily and so the finish takes forever to dry. It also turns out that it loses its red color ...
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“Presanding” wood, before assembly?

I am new to woodworking. I recently completely my first job (a small bookshelf/toybox). After it was all put together, I spent a while sanding it, although it was difficult to get into the corners, ...
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Clean and protect cabinets and railing [closed]

Wanted to clean and protect the cabinets and railings in our house. They feel very dry to touch and ones in the bathroom look dirty. But first I want to understand what kind of wood was used for these....
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Creating a mount for Hitachi SB8V2 belt sander?

I recently got a new Hitachi SB8V2 belt sander and am an aspiring woodworker wanting to do various small projects around my house. I don't have the space or budget to get a disc sanding table (or ...
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Is it drastically more work to sand down barn wood instead of planing?

100 reclaimed barn wood planks: 4.5 foot long X 6 inch wide X 3/4 inch thick. Trying to get the weight down by half, by thinning to 3/8 inch thick. See: Can barn wood planks be planed and how thin? ...
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Problem with “Bubbles” in Table Finish

I'm in the final stages of trying to build my first dining room table - a Christmas gift for my wife. All has gone pretty well until this last coat of Arm-R-Seal (Satin). It's the 5th coat, and now, ...
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Make one end of a board thicker than the other?

I have a 1"x8"x3' solid composite board that I need to cut diagonally through the 1" dimension to compensate for an unlevel underlying surface. Is there any way to do this?
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Sander in lieu of grindstone?

Odd thought just went by: There are sandpaper-based sharpening systems ("scary sharp" and it's cousins), generally using fine wet/dry sandpaper on a flat surface like plate glass. There are ...
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Tips for Simple Inlay of Brass into Walnut

I'm wanting to try building a simple clock like (Image credit - www.aliexpress.com) My question is about the brass inlays. From what I've found on the web, the process is drill perfectly circular ...
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Orbital sander papers coming off

I'm own a Black&Decker orbital sander (can be found here, using hook and loop papers), which is generally a good tool except for the fact that the sanding papers fall off before their sand becomes ...
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Homemade belt sander belts (3X18)

I got the idea of looking to see what it cost to make homemade sandpaper belts for my belt sander would be. For me less than a $1 per belt. Math being about $30 for 20-25 Yards of sandpaper (roll) and ...
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What are the differences in use between a drum sander and thickness planer?

What is the big differences between a drum sander and a thickness planer? The only thing I know is that the drum sander does not remove much material, but can do more area at a time. But the planer ...
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How would you create a high gloss finish on furniture? [duplicate]

From a smooth lacquered finish like this: To a high gloss like this: How would I get create a finish like the picture above when starting with a smooth lacquer finished piece of furniture (i.e. IKEA ...
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Is my orbital sander fixable?

[previously asked in Home Improvement, perhaps better here?] I have a Bosch PSS230 orbital sander (1990's vintage I think) which has served me very well until recently when it made a nasty noise and ...