Sand Pieces When Staining Furniture

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Wrap sandpaper around rock for consistent depth. Learn tips for sanding and aging furniture in this free woodworking lesson from an experienced furniture maker. View Video Transcript

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In this next clip I'm going to show you how to sand your hutch to prep it for staining. OK, we're back and I'm going to show you how to sand the hutch. Now if it's brand new you really don't have to go crazy with sanding and you don't really have to worry about anything to much but then just giving it a good scour fine. What we're trying to do is just open up the wood a little bit so that it's enabled to take the stain better, it will absorb better. So the first thing I do is, you might want to have a little rock, you might even want to invest in a hand sander. I like to do the work, it's good exercise so I just have a flat rock like this and I'm going to put my sand paper around it and what I'm going to try to do is just rough up all the exposed areas and always, always sand with the grain. If the grains going up and down, you want to sand it up and down. This is where you might want to get the kids involved. This is great project for all the kids to work. Now you see here, our grain is going this way, guess what, I'm going to sand that way. This is great exercise, like I say. You might want to wear a dust mask to at this point. Now, I'm going to get myself a dust mask because I don't like that there's dust in the air, a little safety precaution. Now I like to use these for dust masks only because I tend to sweat a lot when I'm working and for the sake of the video I'm just going to use this. You can get dust masks for like $.99 a piece in the store, their very cheap. But as we continue to sand we're just going to keep sanding going with the grain opening up the surface trying to prep this area. OK, remember when we're using this sand paper, different sand papers will do different things. The lower the grit sand paper the rougher it is and it will actually take away more. So when you're using a lower grit, you might want to be using that for removing paint or something. We're going to use a hundred grit which is enough to open up the wood but not really damage it. You just want to, like I said just open up the pores of the wood just so that the stain absorbs. Now 120, 100 is fine for this. As you get to the polishing or the smoothing out because realize when you do open it up it's going to be a little rougher and you're going to want to have it smoother. So later on you can go back with a 220 or a 280, which is a little bit finer, and it will give it a nice smooth finish. I like to use the steel wool when doing this because it doesn't take away any of my antiquing process that I use in the staining.