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Sanding by hand and machine sanding both have their advantages depending on your situation, and you can master both techniques with the help of a few expert sanding tips. Get the advice you need in this free video on home and garden repair.

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Hi, my name is Chris Palmer. Welcome to Chris' Workshop. We're here today to talk about some sanding tips. Let's talk about the difference between using a machine for your sanding or sanding by hand. Hand sanding has a lot of advantages. You can get into tight areas; you can sand irregular profiles. Don't overlook the hand setting, it's really good. A good trick is, to sand curve profiles is to cut a piece of foam or a Styrofoam block to match that profile. Line that foam with a piece of sandpaper and go ahead and sand the whole piece of wan; so it works great. Another thing to do with sandpaper is cut a block; a, a just little block of wood like this. You wrap some sandpaper around there; it's a nice flat surface, it fits nicely in your hand. Well, there's commercially made blocks that are, that are for just that as well. But hey, a piece of scrap wood never hurt anybody. Machines are great; a, a big 3 x 21 belt sander will remove a lot of material quickly. A, a random orbital sander is a very valuable tool. That orbital action doesn't leave any swirl marks on your, on your work piece which is great. You can just let that thing fly across your work and it gives you a really nice finish. Always work up from a coarse grit to a fine grit whether you're using your hand or a machine. Sandpaper comes in a lot of different grits. You can go as coarse as a 24 grit. It's like sand, it's, it's like gravel; it's powerful stuff and it goes up into the thousands. Really for usable range, I typically go 60 grit up through 320, even stopping up to 220 is, is perfect; 220 is a nice finish. That's really all you need. Maybe go for a, a lot of material removal, start at 60, go up to a 100, 120, 220. You don't have to go crazy on it. One more thing, one, if you sand your work piece and then you apply any kind of a water based finish, that water is going to raise tiny food fibers. It's a good idea to let it, to, to hit it with a fine sanding and then re-coat with your finish. That will give you an extra smooth finish. Make sure all your dust is cleaned off before you put that next finish on there and your work should look great. Enjoy your sanding. Thanks for watching.

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