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Forum topic by TimHopson posted 12-21-2020 02:17 PM 415 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2020 02:17 PM

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So I’m working on a project using Zebra wood and am at the finishing stage. Once i got all my pieces shaped and sanded, I wiped them down with a damp towel. While i was successful in removing all the sawdust, I was ALSO successful at raising the grain. Does anyone have any advice on the best way to salve this problem? Or is it simply a case of re-sanding?

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#1 posted 12-21-2020 02:31 PM

You need to sand it again, but don’t use water to remove dust. Even a damp rag will rise the grain. It is a common way to raise the grain and sand again to get a very smooth surface.

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#2 posted 12-21-2020 03:05 PM

A tack cloth might be a better way to remove the dust, especially if your zebrawood has any pitting. That said, there seem to be 2 schools of thought around raising the grain with a little water. #1 – raise the grain and sand lightly with the last grit you used. #2 – raise the grain and sand one grit finer than you had been using. I think most people (myself included) are on team #1, or at least that seems to be most of the opinions I see out there.

zebrawood is a lot of fun to work with, post your photos it would be neat to see. I’ve used it on a couple knife handles and some other stuff.

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#3 posted 12-21-2020 03:11 PM

Zebrawood is soft and you can’t sand it effectively past 180 or so. It has a rough grain and will snag a tack cloth. Just blow the dust off and wipe with a DRY rag.

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#4 posted 12-21-2020 03:17 PM

You don’t need to re-sand as such, just knock off the raised grain. Hit it lightly with a fine grit like 220 or 320. You could even use a non-woven pad. All you’re doing is to smooth it off.

The grain won’t raise again, even if you use water (unless you really sand it, not just smooth it off). Pre-raising the grain is common practice prior to apply water based dye.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 12-21-2020 06:41 PM

Everyone has given you good advice. I would love to see the finished product and know if you find that the finish came out better after raising the grain and sanding it again.

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#6 posted 12-21-2020 06:44 PM

Thanks guys.. I guess what I MEANT to say was:

“I have just finished intentionally raising the grain with a damp towel so that I could go back and get an ultra smooth finish. It’s a common practice, afterall, and I totally meant to do it!!!”

Again, Thank you all for your help and advice, I’ll post in my projects when I get it done.

-- Converting quality wood into kindling since 2014!

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