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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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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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Best sander for rustic wood

I want to build a rustic wood chair. My first rustic wood furniture ever. Doing rustic wood is really complicated for me because the wood is very uneven like this: What sander should I use for ...
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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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Planing the inside of a curved surface

I have made a curved top for a letterbox by mitering and gluing the edges of narrow pieces. I've then used my spokeshave and sandpaper to get a smooth outside surface. I intended to smooth the inside ...
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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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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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Is an oscillating multi-tool a good option for detailed sanding?

I am just wondering if these tools would be we suited for small spaces and sanding in corners.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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What are these brown spots on my sandpaper?

Disclaimer: I am not very experienced in woodworking. I am currently sanding my desk, which has become dirty over time. If I look at the sandpaper, it's got brown spots on it, like this: What are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Good way to sand wide curved faces

I'm working on a project that has a piece of curved (concave) crotch walnut. The curve is in three dimensions and is roughly 8"x6" in x-y and curves inwards roughly .5" in the z axis. I used a ...
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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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Removing existing stain from intricate woodwork?

I have a coffee table that has a lot of decorative work along the outside, such as flowers/leaves and rosettes that are part of the original woodwork (i.e., not created and fastened on after the fact)....