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Subject:
when I first started...
Response To:
sanding steps ()

David Weaver
...I sanded everything and used a lot of oak (it's probably cheap everywhere, but it's super cheap here, sometimes $1 or $2 a board foot).

Any (red) oak that was flatsawn with wide expanses between cathedrals was very slow to get sanding scratches removed in the "flat smooth" areas. It also seems to burnish some during sanding and while I don't stain much, it doesn't stain well (but with micronized pigments, I'm sure it would stain evenly - everything does, even burnished hard maple).

I like the way all of it looks quartered, though (white or red), but never gave it much follow-up thought as the mrs. likes furniture surface uniformity that looks like plastic.

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