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Use great care when choosing the right type of abrasive materials.

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Truegrit

“Running through grits” not only means going from coarse to fine, but also matching the abrasive to the job. Before you stockpile any more sandpaper, make sure what you do buy (and apply) is the right stuff.

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Smoothly2

Not many people enjoy sanding.  Even with powered equipment it can be hard, repetitive work.  But it’s very important to have a smooth level surface on your projects.  Not only does it look better when you apply the finish, it feels better to the touch.  Everyone knows that you start with a low grit and work your way up.

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Sanding2

Everyone knows that sanding is the best part of woodworking.  I bet every time you tackle a project, you just can’t wait to grab that sander.  Since it is so much fun you probably don’t care if it takes extra time, but there are ways to be more efficient.

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Sanding

Sanding is the key to a beautiful finish.  If there are scratches or imperfections when you’re done sanding, the finish won’t hide them – it will highlight them.   So if you are going to have to sand, it would be good to be able to do it well.

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Sanspaper

Sandpaper is sandpaper, right? Not exactly.  Each piece of sandpaper has finely (or not so finely) ground particles of rock attached to it. The type of rock and the substrate attaching it to the paper – and sometimes even the paper – can vary greatly between products.

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Sanderchamfering

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Festool1

Festool offers a fully integrated sanding solution for everything from aggressive stock removal to super fine, finish sanding.

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When you're serious about a smooth finish, use a hand scraper or a cabinet scraper. Here's how to try one of these essential woodworking tools on your next project.

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