What am I sanding? If I'm polishing a small desert ironwood turning I might
sand to 1200 since it is dense enough that it will polish up like a piece
of stone and need nothing but a bit of wax afterward. On the other hand if
I'm sanding "regular" furniture wood like cherry or walnut or maple I'd
never go past 220 (up to maybe 180 on the ROS) and then a final hand
touchup with the finer grit.
Depends on what am aiming for...for just oil based or the like on casual
work or cabinets 180 or 220 is fine.
If really fine furniture polished finish and invested ton of effort
already, I've been known to got to 400 on major surfaces, 320 on others.
On Monday, April 1, 2019 at 10:37:26 PM UTC-5, Michael wrote:
Yep, depends on the wood and contours, if applicable, plus it may depend on what finish will be used. I often use a cabinet scraper, as well, even on some curved pieces.
I'm making another love seat rocker, with pecan. I'll use a cabinet scraper on some areas, rather than sanding. Progress - some of the rough framing is dry fitted: https://www.flickr.com/photos/43836144@N04/47522028781/in/dateposted-public/
On Monday, April 1, 2019 at 9:12:18 AM UTC-7, Gramps' shop wrote:
Well, never 220; I'm usually working with softwoods, or plywood.
So, there's a few 60 grit hunks of sandpaper that I use to de-fur
router or saw cuts, and maybe some 120 grit to clean marks off the
wood. I've even used wire brush at times (exterior stained posts).
If it's GOOD wood, the next step is a cabinet scraper. Maybe a plane. Oil finish
is my preference, and I rarely want or expect a glassy smooth
surface. Sometimes I'll shellac, and french polish, which is forgiving (and useful
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