One word: Random Orbit Sander ... well, you get the drift.
You will find a ROS works much better than those old B&D's. Take your
choice: Makita, PC, Bosch, etc. I use a Bosch 6".
I use the ROS to run through grits up to 180, then sand by hand with 220 ...
or, if the size, wood and finish requires, to 320 (hand rubbed oil
Sanding by hand on the higher grits gives you a chance to go over the wood
and feel all the details and doesn't take all that long if you've done a
good job with prior grits ... I've got to where I enjoy that latter part of
the process down through the years.
Also, buy ONLY the best grade of sandpaper, change often, and save yourself
a lot of time in the process.
Last update: 9/21/03
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