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Blog entry by Deanna posted 07-11-2015 02:00 PM 1321 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Working on some alder and sanded up to 220. Used mineral spirts to clean off dust to prep for stain. Moving pretty quickly and when I’m done I feel the wood and &^&#(&$ – it raised the grain! What happen? Do I have to start the entire sanding process over?

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#1 posted 07-11-2015 02:35 PM

Sometimes i purposely dampen the wood to stand up the grain, because it allows you to sand it smother. I would hit it with some 220 sand paper and it will knock off the fibers in no time. Than back to whatever grit you wanted.

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#2 posted 07-11-2015 02:46 PM

Doesn’t alder blotch?

Maybe try some test pieces with Charles Neils blotch control?

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#3 posted 07-11-2015 03:40 PM

I have Charles Neil’s product (which is great) but I make my own that works for me and yes, conditioner will be going on before staining. Thank you Matt. Like the “smoother” thought and going with the 220. I was planning on the 220 then conditioner (2 coats) with a 220 after each. Taking wood to match a dark pecan with some black highlights in it andd worried the conditioner will not let it get there. Hoping the 220 in between and after conditioner will help accomplish this?

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#4 posted 07-12-2015 03:17 AM

I usually dampen the wood to raise the fibers and finish sand it before adding a finish coat, most of the
time the finish will raise the whiskers, so I like to eliminate them ahead of tilme.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 07-13-2015 03:08 AM

Good on ya for making your own wash coat. It’s so easy, and heaven knows you’ll need it with the alder! Alder can be fun, because you can finish it to look like a number of different woods, if you’re skilled with the anti-blotching routine. :-)

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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