Hand Sanding

When it comes to sanding intricate details, nothing beats a sanding block and a little old-fashioned elbow grease.

Before you add the first coat of finish to a project, it's important to make sure aD the surfaces are level and smooth. This often means breaking out the random-orbit sander and getting to work. But there are times when a power sander just isn't the best tool for the job.

Most projects include sanding challenges that go beyond flat surfaces. Getting into tight corners and sanding edge profiles are the obvious places where some hand sanding is necessary. And that's where a few proven techniques and sanding aids can make the difference between a flawless surface and one that's marked by dips, ridges, and swirl marks.

PICK TOUR PAPER. Before jumping right in on a project., it's worth taking a minute to lay out the supplies you'll need. Tor starters, I stock up on self-adhesive sandpaper. A 4V2"-wide roll of each of the most commonly used grits (100, 120, 150, 180, and 220) will keep you going for quite a while. The adhesive makes this paper easy to use with just about any sanding block. At about $20 for a 30-foot roll, it's a bargain, too.

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Regular sheets of sandpaper are still the staple of most shops. They have the advantage of being less expensive. And many commercial sanding blocks are sized specifically for V3 or V4 sheets.

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