True Grit: How to Choose Sandpaper Grit and Wood Finishes

The sandpaper grit you choose can make a big difference in the final look of your woodworking project. The project you are working on will determine the sandpaper grit you should use, as well as the best wood finish for the look you are trying to achieve.

Best Finishing Techniques
Have you ever wondered what difference which type of sandpaper you choose for a woodworking project can have on your final outcome? One experienced woodworker set out to answer that question by testing six different sandpaper grits, each with three different finishes on three different woods. In Best Finishing Techniques, the editors of Fine Woodworking magazine delve into these and many more final details to help you achieve the best final results in your woodshop.  
Sanding Wood
In addition to finding the right sandpaper grit for your project, and knowing when you can stop refining (and stop sanding!), proper wood sanding technique is also important.
Wood Finishing Results
The results of this sandpaper grit and wood finishes experiment will help you achieve the best wood finishing results in your own woodshop.

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