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Posted on At what point do you apply your edge treatments?

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#1 posted 09-27-2020 09:48 PM

Seems right before the last grit of sanding is the way to go. Is this what you do? Any other tips?

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That would probably work. If the fibers are very compressed from the bearing, it’ll look a bit shiny, so as long as you cut through that, it shouldn’t show after the topcoat. I also wouldn’t go past 220/240. Even stopping at 180 is generally fine if you’re applying a film finish. You might go finer for oils like Tried & True that lack the solids to fill the scratches.

I’ve gotten to like those Norton MultiSand blocks, with the yellow foam and H&L pad. They make two sizes and the large one is big enough to keep an even edge down the length, and also soft enough not to leave any bevels.

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