5 Sanding Tips and Tricks

Sanding a piece of wood can be a daunting task. Whether you’re using a sander or sanding by hand, each has its flaws. Here are some sanding tips to consider:

1.    If you’re having a hard time sanding small pieces, try placing a rough piece of sand paper grit side up on a table. Next, place your wood piece on top of the sandpaper and continue sanding. The sandpaper on the table will grip the wood so you can sand with a finer grade.

2.    When sanding irregular surfaced wood pieces with a palm sander, you can place a piece of sponge or weather stripping between the sanding sheet and the palm sander. This will allow the sand paper to flex more and get in to those tight spaces.

3.    When sanding in tight and narrow spaces, try using a scrapper with a piece folded around the end of it. This will allow you to get in to those spaces with ease.

4.    Save your small pieces of sand paper that look good but are just too small to use on their own. You can then glue them to a scrap piece of wood. This is a small trick but can save a lot of money on sand paper.

5.    Regular sanding sheets burns away extremely fast when used with palm sanders. Instead, try using a sanding belt. You will need to cut it in to proper size pieces but they will last a lot longer than regular sanding sheets.

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