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Blog series by schwingding updated 01-08-2008 02:58 PM 3 parts 25270 reads 28 comments total

Part 1: Sanding

12-11-2007 07:33 PM by schwingding | 13 comments »

The first few times I picked up or looked at something a real professional, award winning woodworker made I marveled at one thing in particular – the finish. The most notable feature to me was an almost universal lack of sanding scratches, even in the fine detail. There is an old adage that says “the finish goes on before the finish goes on”. This refers to surface preparation, sanding included. This series will hopefully shed some light on the techniques I’ve pains...

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Part 2: Sanding round (lathe) work

12-13-2007 04:00 PM by schwingding | 5 comments »

My previous entry set the stage for my approach to sanding, namely that is not an afterthought, rather an integral part of the woodworking process. I can remember the days when I enjoyed the building more than the finishing and simply got it over as quickly as possible. My results showed exactly that. I’m going to express a strong statement here: Sanding scratches are the mark of a poor craftsman. This blog will teach and show you how to produce turned work that is free from those ci...

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Part 3: Don't sweat the small stuff

01-08-2008 02:58 PM by schwingding | 10 comments »

As I’ve discussed in the previous two entries to this blog series, finishing is an important part of the “craftsmanship ” that goes into your work. We’ve talked about sanding flat stuff, round stuff, and now we’ll talk about sanding the small, detailed stuff. We will make a distinction between small items like a spoon and detailed items like a face carving, as they require different methods. I’ll also show you the actual products that I like to use in each ...

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