Sanding seems straightforward. But it turns out, most people do it wrong.
They’ll whip out their random orbital sander and go to town on a recently assembled project.
But when they add finish, they find divots, swirly scratches, and supposedly flat surfaces that are anything but flat.
Here’s the thing. Sanding your woodworking projects can be straightforward.
You just need to know a couple things to get it right.
Today, I’m giving you 15 Sanding Tips to help you sand boards accurately and avoid disaster.
I know. Sanding sucks.
But with the tips below, you’ll be able to get through it a whole lot faster — and get great results right off the bat.
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October 03, 2022
Great article. I really appreciate the emphasis on making this a quick process (well, quicker than we often make it to be).
One thing I think was overlooked was the value of using hard sanding blocks over the soft-bottomed ones (at times). I will usually spray-glue sandpaper to a small flat block. I find these especially helpful when sanding edges or chamfered edges to keep the corners nice and sharp. When the paper is glued around a sharp 90-degree block they are good for getting into corners when the grain is running in the same direction.