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Forum topic by Cheapguy82 posted 01-09-2017 09:02 PM 846 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2017 09:02 PM

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I watched a video recently where the guy said to really make any curl/figure in wood pop, to stop sanding at 150 grit. What do you all think?

Here’s the vid:

I am no finishing expert, but I’ve seen plenty of folks on here who sand to at least 220, but to up to 800 grit in finishing their projects…some of which contain figured woods. The results seem to look very nice.

I’m interested to see what everyone’s take is on this.


-- Stephen - Georgia

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#1 posted 01-09-2017 11:11 PM

Stephen, test this for yourself. Make a sample board. Sand it to 150G, mask off a section, then sand the remainder to 180G, for example, and continue to whatever grit strikes your fancy. Be sure to label each section. Then finish the entire board with your preferred method. Personally, I doubt you will be able to discern any difference, but I am frequently wrong. Please report your findings. FWIW

-- Art

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#2 posted 01-10-2017 06:58 PM

AandCstyle gave you a great way to test. Be aware that the test results will be specific to the wood you tested it on. Change the species and the results will change, change from heartwood to sap wood and your results may change. This is why you will always see the recommendation to test on a piece of scrap wood. The implied but rarely stated part of this is “a piece of scrap wood from the project”.

Always test unless you are willing to accept surprise results.

-- Sawdust Maker

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