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Patrick Chase
If you want to see the difference then try using a low- or non-building finish for starters.

That was basically the original sin of the FWW article, in that it assumed a finishing process that first obliterated and then obscured surface structure. Contrary to what you say, sanding immediately after a thin base coat like that does disturb the wood's surface structure. The sandpaper and the surface both have texture that's on the same order as the film thickness, which means that there is interaction even if you don't see large-scale "cut through". 220# sandpaper has ~3 mil abrasive particles, whereas the thickness of that sealant layer is <1 mil after drying. Try it and look in the microscope (as I have) and it will be obvious enough. That's OK, though, because he then applied a building film finish that masked the resulting destruction.

You absolutely can produce "first rate" output with sandpaper, but only if your objective is to create pieces with finishes that don't show off the underlying surface. If you're trying for the Japanese "high-sheen unfinished" look that Brian describes then you'll be out of luck. Ditto for truly high-quality oil finishes and (IMO) some lower-build films.

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