Here’s your answer: Yes, this can be very frustrating. Just when you think you’re safe, you spot a few scratches. These leaves you with an unpleasant finish that can’t easily be fixed. Thankfully, there’s a simple way to avoid this problem: bright light will allow you to spot all the scratches before a stain is applied.
One very good lighting method is a portable trouble light. Similar to that of what you or a mechanic would use when looking under the hood of a vehicle. If you don’t have that then a flashlight can work, it just doesn’t give the spread of the shop light. Hold the light at a low angle to the wood, and it’ll be very easy for you to spot all the scratches. This light is one of the best ways to see how well a piece of wood is sanded. Applying it will allow you to see swirls and scratches you would have never been able to see otherwise.
You should periodically examine your progress using the light. That way, you can catch every scratch and take care of it before it’s too late.
Better to catch it before you stain it than afterward. It still can be fixed but why waste time and effort when a quick check with the light will prevent you from having to sand and refinish it?
DO YOU HAVE a woodworking project or tip that you would like to submit to WooDesigner and get it added to our site? Then go to the contact tab below OR at the top of this page and let me know. Just make sure you are able to give us step by step instructions on it, as well as images as you see here, and we will put it on this site just like you have read on this page! As long as it is clear and concise like you just saw, it will go up. Your name will be credited to the project, as where you live. (Please include that.) Also include the type of lumber you use for the design. We look forward to hearing from you! (Take note that the tip and images and instructions have to become ours. I do hate that so much but in today’s society so many will sue, and yes, you can sue for a lot of money over images.) The tips will need to include YOUR IMAGES that you take. They can’t be images from somewhere online. Remember, we have to go through these images and if they aren’t your own, we will not be able to use them. This is illegal and it won’t be tolerated and you will be banned from this community by being blocked. We can get sued for this, and just one bad apple can ruin our community.
Ted Leger –
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