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Download free woodworking plans with full instructions and steps: just enter you…: Preparing the wood
Preparation techniques could fill a book, so I’ll just hit the high points here. Sand all surfaces evenly, working your way up through sanding grits from course to fine, skipping every other grit: 60, 100, 150, 220. The idea is to use 60 grit to eliminate tool marks and flatten large surfaces, then use each successive grit to eliminate the scratches left by the previous grit. On flat surfaces back your sandpaper with a sanding block. Use a shop light and sight along the wood. When you have an even sheen with no scratches left from the previous grit you can move on to the next grit. When sanding by hand, do not use a lot of pressure. Just the weight of your hand and even strokes should do the job
If you decide to use a power sander, I highly recommend a random-orbit sander because, unlike a belt or vibrating sander, it does not leave a noticeable scratch pattern. Again, you do not need to apply pressure. The weight of the tool is sufficient.