Monday, July 23

Monday – More Finish Sanding

Monday morning is bookkeeping time, but I got back to the finish sanding after lunch. But first I removed the doors and all the hardware.

Now, sanding is not the most exciting thing to do or to watch, but doing it well is essential if a good finish is to be achieved. How much sanding is required? During construction we use 60, 80 & 100 grit papers to shape, smooth and remove pencil marks. In the finish sanding phase, how much sanding we do depends on whether we will be staining, what brand of stain is to be used, and what finish will be used. On this piece we’re using a Varathane stain so we will be sanding with 120, 150, 180 and 220 grit papers to meet Varathane’s specifications.

Today I got through the 150 grit pass. Tomorrow, a longer day, I hope to complete the sanding and prepare the stain boards.
Although tedious, sanding is not mindless work, one must pay attention. You don't want to look back and say to yourself, "Did I sand that part?" If you can't keep track you'll end up wasting quite a bit of time sanding things twice with the same grit. To help with this I like to thoroughly vacuum the piece in between grits. That way it is fairly certain that if the part is dusty, it's been sanded. But is is far better to know.


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