Using abrasives to smooth or shape wood. Techniques, recommendations

There are many types of abrasives used in sanding and they can be used in many different ways, but all sanding is a way of shaping and smoothing wood with an abrasive-faced sheet material.

Sandpaper is the generic term used for sanding material, and it is often based on paper. But the term may also be extended to mean cloth-backed and film-backed abrasives, as well as to screen-type material such as Abranet.

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