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TIP: Sand Through Veneer

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TIP: Sand Through Veneer

It takes quite a bit of effort to sand through veneer when sanding by hand. But machine tools can go through fairly quickly. The critical thing when you sand through is to stop! If the sand-through area is small enough, you may be able to fix it by painting in some of the grain and figure between coats of finish. Small areas are usually fairly easy to disguise. Large areas are impossible. So the question is, “How do you know when you have sanded through?” The answer is that the grain and figure of the wood disappear in a small...

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TIP: Brown Paper Bag Trick

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TIP: Brown Paper Bag Trick

There’s almost always a little dust that settles onto the last coat of finish before it dries, even when you spray fast-drying lacquer. With slow drying varnish, there’s always dust stuck to the finish. As long as the dust isn’t excessive and as long as the particles aren’t large, you can make the surface feel smooth by rubbing with a brown paper bag. Give the finish a couple of days to cure so you don’t scratch it. A smooth feel is critical when judging the quality of a finish. It’s natural for people to run their hand over a finish....

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