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Sanding Question

Discussion in 'Fit & Finish' started by ToddR, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    I have been having this odd problem when sanding my handles. I used a light coloured wood on the last knife i made (cherry I believe) and while sanding the wood handle, I kept getting super fine metal dust from the tang mixed into the dust. If I didn't notice it right away and clear it, I would essentially rub the grey fine filings into the wood grain leaving it grey looking. Has this every happened to you guys? Am I doing something wrong? Is there a better way?

    Thanks in advance guys.
     
  2. Grahamm

    Grahamm Active Member

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    It certainly happened to me. I found that the next grit of paper seemed to clean it up and then back again as I sanded. But at 320 or 400 it seemed to go away.
    I wiped it down with acetone and it seemed ok but yes, it happened. I also found that using anything but fresh sandpaper also made it worse. Like I was rubbing grit from the paper into the wood.
     
  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I have resorted to sealing the wood with Tru-Oil at each change in paper after cleaning and drying on a particularly stubborn light wood
     

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