Essential Skills in Woodworking – Sanding Tips and Tricks

Essential Skills in Woodworking – Sanding Tips and Tricks

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In this woodworking skills video we cover the basic techniques for using a sander. I go over the proper way to sand and select sandpaper. Thanks for watching! Please like, comment and subscribe. Cheers!
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  1. Ian Duh on May 31, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    +1 for card scraper

  2. Chris Flavelle on May 31, 2023 at 12:14 pm

    I am binging a few of your series here. Being off work gives me a chance to catch up and spend a bit more time in the shop. I know everyone is into the ROS these days, but is there a place in sanding for the old quarter and third sheet sanders. I’ve made a couple of projects where I used Danish oil and sanded it into the surface. I used my hands for this, but when I was doing some bodywork at my old place of employment I used a pneumatic jitterbug sander for the wet sanding. I’ve been wanting to try it with the Danish oil or even pure tung oil to see what the results would be. Any suggestions in that regard? Love all the information!

  3. StudioJLT on May 31, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    And then there’s sanding on a lathe, which is a whole nuther ball of yarn

  4. T Bickle Woodworking on May 31, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    Another useful vid. Great job.

  5. Graham Parsons on May 31, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    Great video as usual, would love a ridgid osilating sander but i dont think you can get them in oz, and what you can get appears to be cost alot more money. Anyway a osilating spindle sander is on my list however my list does appear to be quite long haha👍🏻👍🏻

  6. rider660r on May 31, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Save your money for something else and use an old boot/shoe rubber sole instead of the "eraser".
    A old work boot with a Vibram sole works the best.It also keeps one less thing going to waste and taking up space at the bottom of a landfill.

  7. Rock K. on May 31, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    While speaking about the card scraper, you mentioned those finishes that were rewetting – such as lacquer or shellac. Were you implying that you prefer to use the card scraper for those between coat finishes? I’m thinking, this would be a great option, because the between coat sanding with those finishes always appear to gunk up the sandpaper quickly. I am also fearful of messing up the finish when sanding between coats…

    On another note, I lean towards ordering online mostly through Amazon. Any particular reason you have your own store site over theirs? I plan to order your dovetail jig soon, and am reluctant to give out credit card info to too many sites.. Thanks for the great videos!

  8. Mr. Pancakes on May 31, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Sausage fingers

  9. Fred McIntyre on May 31, 2023 at 12:31 pm


  10. John Kristoff on May 31, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    Very helpful all around. Thank you.

  11. 711 and_more on May 31, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks !!!

  12. Susan Stanley on May 31, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    Epoch Times as an advertiser on your channel? Yeah, no thanks…plenty of other woodworking channels to follow.

  13. Walter Rider on May 31, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    thank you Katz good stuff .to me at times sanding is cathartic. i k r

  14. Franks DIY on May 31, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for the pointers

  15. Dennis The Menace on May 31, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    Great video, wish I’d watched this earlier could have been more efficient in my sanding. Did have a question about the rigid oscillating sander though. Have one and love it but often the spindles seem to slip and stop rotating when I apply pressure to the piece I’m sanding. Any tips to prevent that slippage when spindle sanding?

  16. Brads Workbench on May 31, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    On Amazon i can get a pack from 80-320 that’s 100 sheets of the gold for less than $20! Comes out to like .15 cents a sheet. Even at Harbor Freight you’re having to pay close to .50 cents a sheet

  17. Devin Mchorse on May 31, 2023 at 12:40 pm


    Thank you so much for explaining “pigtailing” that has always eluded me even when I asked the guy who apprenticed me!

  18. DIYDAD on May 31, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    Keep’em coming thumbs up

  19. Stanley Shostak on May 31, 2023 at 12:44 pm

    I like to hook up my shop vac to my random orbit sander. The dust is less airborne but it also seems to make the paper last longer. I have either the same or a similar random orbit as the one you have in your video. I like that sander.

  20. Maddux Woodworks on May 31, 2023 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for the info, and great work Jonathan.

  21. SE Collectiv on May 31, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    Great tips! My number one sanding tip is to buy that Ridgid oscillating sander I’ve only had mine a short while and I’ve used it so much!

  22. coda creator on May 31, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    What does sanding actually do to the surface of wood and how does it affect stain absorption? Also, what happens if you start and finish at 220 grit?

  23. Richard Rider on May 31, 2023 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you Jonathan. Enjoy your videos…cheers…rr from France

  24. BMAN_1008 on May 31, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    So what order of grits should be used?

  25. lil meme on May 31, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    I love sanding

  26. ww scott on May 31, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    Hullo young man, Sanding is an art. I always finish any timber using the finest of sandpaper by thumb and fingers. It should feel like when you gently  stroke your wife’s face, and if you have never had that feeling, you have not lived yet.

  27. Keith Brock on May 31, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    Great tips man, I been eyeballing that rigid for a while and I think it’s time. You forgot about the celebratory beer when your finally done sanding haha!!

  28. Ben Snyder on May 31, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    Have you tried the SandNet discs from Diablo? The ones I have bought in the past are tan though. I’m not sure if there is a difference between the red and tan versions. They’re the only 5 inch sanding disc I will buy. They never clog. You don’t have to worry about lining up holes. They also work great for sanding on the lathe. And thanks for the pigtailing explanation!

  29. Colin Hawkins on May 31, 2023 at 1:01 pm

    I’m super late to the party here but have you used mesh sanding discs for your ROS? I recently converted (and haven’t used them much because I’m trapped in basement remodel hell and have no shop) and they seem like a superior solution to sandpaper discs. HD sells packs of them that are priced similarly to the paper versions. Apparently they last longer, have better dust collection, and the ones I got said they’re washable. A huge benefit to the better better dust evacuation is that the finish can end up being better because you’re not scrubbing as many stray dust particles back into your work piece. In my experience they seem to clog less when being used to remove a clear varnish from cabinet doors. Matt Estlea did a great explanation on his channel if you haven’t seen it. If you haven’t tried them, they might change your life ; )

  30. Joseph Blazei on May 31, 2023 at 1:04 pm

    I actually love sanding, I practically hand sand everything for finishing (rough sanding is done with power sanders). It is quite therapeutic feeling the wood change beneath your hands.

  31. eyecandy gaming on May 31, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    look up his most recent sandpaper review. the 3m brand is killing the competition. 3M Xtract Cubitron II 710W

  32. Fearsome Warrior on May 31, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    I’d love to see shoulder plane information. I’m planning on picking up the medium Vertias one soon.