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TIP: How to choose a sandpaper grit

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Sandpaper grits vary from very coarse to very fine. How do you choose which grit to use for any given situation? The answer is actually quite simple. In all cases you are using the sandpaper to remove a problem. So choose a grit that removes that problem efficiently without creating larger than necessary scratches that then have to be sanded out. For example, you would choose a coarser-grit sandpaper (#80 or #100) to remove severe washboarding caused by a jointer or planer but a finer grit (#120 or #150) on pre-sanded, veneered plywood or MDF. And you would begin sanding...

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TIP: Vacuum For Dusting

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TIP: Vacuum For Dusting

The best way to remove sanding dust is with a vacuum because it doesn’t kick sawdust into the air as a dust brush does. You could also use compressed air if you have a good exhaust, but the exhaust is usually in a spray booth and that’s not where sanding wood usually takes place. It’s best to vacuum off the sanding dust after each sanding grit to remove all the coarser grit particles that may be left.

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