There is no doubt that wood is a very noble material and that we all like furniture or ornamental wooden figures, as they give an air of warmth to spaces. When you repair a piece of furniture or create a piece of wood, you need to invest a lot of time and patience in the sanding process if you want to get a perfect finish on the wood; that is why, on this occasion, I am presenting some tips on how to sand the wood, which will make this task easier.
1- The direction in which you should sand
This is the golden rule you should never forget: whenever you sand a piece of wood, no matter if you do it manually or with specialized machines, do it in the same direction of the wood grain, to avoid creating grooves on the surface of the wood.
2- Use the right sandpaper in the right way
There are different types of sandpaper according to the number of grains they have. If you don’t know what number of grits to use, start with a high number, i.e. a fine grit. If the result is not what you are looking for, you can try other numbers.
Another recommendation to use sandpaper correctly is to pay attention to the direction in which you use it. On the back of the sandpaper there are arrows that indicate the optimal sanding direction.
3- Do not sand wet surfaces
When the wood is wet, the fibers to be sanded do not stay up, so they cannot be easily removed by sanding. Another reason why you should not sand wet wood is because the wood particles that normally come off during the sanding process turn into a kind of paste that covers the abrasive. Ideally, you should wait until the wood is dry before sanding it.
4- Veneer surfaces
As we know, veneer is a very sensitive coating, so you should take special care when sanding it. Therefore, to sand a veneer I recommend you to use an abrasive fiber or steel wool, and you should do a soft sanding with little pressure.
5- Curved surfaces
To sand the rounded surfaces, simply wrap a piece of sandpaper around them and pull the ends of the sandpaper in a continuous back and forth motion. Don’t forget to use a high number of sandpapers to get perfect results even in the areas of the wood that have cross grains.
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