The Long Dusty Trail
I am making an apartment-sized dining table for the May/June issue of Woodworker’s Journal. It is a sweet design made from solid white oak with some template routing and inlay work. All in all, it is a great little project, and I am enjoying the build.
But there is no yin without the yang.
Yesterday and today are “sanding days” for this table. While sanding is indeed tedious, I look at it as my super power. I am rigorous and organized as I go through the operation. I take the time needed and do not skimp on grits. My personal process is to sand hardwoods that will have a stained or clear finish to a minimum of 400-grit and usually 600-grit. I know the arguments against that sort of extra effort, but my results speak for themselves. To coin a phrase, surface preparation is its own reward.
I would like to write a bit more, but the R.O. sander is calling me!
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
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