Your first grit should be one that removes ALL the flaws in an efficient
manner. In other words if the piece is already in really good shape it's not
necessary to start way down at 60 grit.
The sole purpose of all the other grits, since you have already gotten out
the flaws and machine marks, is ONLY to remove the marks from the previous
Don't kill yourself with sanding. The major work is done with the first grit
and as long as you don't skip grits and apply the first grit properly things
should move along rapidly..
I prefer to stop at 180 grit, I know some that are comfortable at 150, and
some that like to stop at 220. Find the one you are comfortable with.
Keep in mind that if you are going to stain, not applicable this time, the
courser the grit you stop at the darker the color the is likely to be with
End grain, even with just finish and no stain, will end up darker then the
rest of the piece if you don't sand it to a higher grit or use a sealer on
it to keep it from wicking up lots of the finish.
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