Sanding and Scraping

S sanding is the procedure of using a variety of sandpapers, rasps and scrapers to produce a finish. Certainly, for many woodworkers, the primary technique relates to using abrasive papers and hand scrapers to create a super-smooth surface, but there are all manner of traditional abrading techniques that have to do with such exciting and dynamic areas of woodworking as sculpting, shaping, texturing and grain enhancement.

ABRASIVE PAPERS

Dual foam blo<k the soft side is for curved surfaces.

abcve: Hand sanding blocks.

Yekro backed abrasives.

Dual foam blo<k the soft side is for curved surfaces.

abcve: Hand sanding blocks.

SANDING ANS SCRAPING 10 7

above: A clever little block device, made in the 1950s, that holds a sheet of sandpaper.

above Dowels make good sanding sticks -perfect for cleaning out concave curves.

above: If you need to clean out a narrow slit, a good technique is to wrap the sandpaper around a strip of plywood.

above The traditional quartered-and-torn method of folding abrasive paper ensures that the grit surfaces never meet face to face.

above Old timers often made comfortable sanding blocks from scraps of exotic hardwood.

above: A clever little block device, made in the 1950s, that holds a sheet of sandpaper.

seeking to achieve a soft high-shine finish. Aluminum oxide gives a lighter cut than garnet.

Silicon Carbide Paper

Though silicon carbide or silac carborundum is almost as hard as diamond, woodworkers claim it breaks down more readily than garnet paper. Its use is limited to polishing super-hard woods or in finishing applications.

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