How to Sand Like a Pro – My Favorite Sanding Tip

How to Sand Like a Pro – My Favorite Sanding Tip

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In this woodworking tip and trick video I show you how I get perfectly flat sanding results every time. This technique applies to all types of random orbital, belt, hand sanding and jitterbug sanders. Let me know what you like to see us build next. Thanks for watching! Please like, comment and subscribe. Cheers!
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50 Comments

  1. made by molnar on August 18, 2022 at 12:07 am

    Great video. Just curious what your thoughts are on grain direction when sanding. Typically I have sanded in the direction of the grain and havent had many issues other than a few swirl marks here and there. Recently I have noticed that some individuals sand across grain and perpendicular to the grain before doing a pass in the direction of the grain. I have tried doing some research but there isn’t a ton of info on this. From what I understand sanding across the grain will remove material faster???



  2. Mohammad Alsowaidan on August 18, 2022 at 12:09 am

    Ok flat but millions of swirl mark !!!!



  3. DusktoDawnRanger on August 18, 2022 at 12:10 am

    Wow, I used this very technique today working it out myself. Except, I noticed my chopping board was uneven so I pencilled the areas that just needed adjusting. Looks like I am already on the right track. Still have a lot to learn!



  4. feral goat on August 18, 2022 at 12:11 am

    When I sand primer I keep burning the edge a bit and having to spot that in I’m holding the sander completely flat wats the problem ,



  5. doug bing on August 18, 2022 at 12:11 am

    one thing I have a question about is the speed on a ROS with adjustable speed. I realized the other day that mine has been set on the highest speed and never changed since I got it. What uses or cases would determine changing the speed on a random orbit sander?



  6. Tri Leaf on August 18, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Thanks for this tip👍 I have a big 100 gallon acrylic fish tank with deep scratches. I will try using a fine or small tip sharpie. It should work the same.



  7. Meg Meredith on August 18, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Awesome tip! Thank you!



  8. irving robles on August 18, 2022 at 12:16 am

    *Love this little dynamo **MyBest.Tools** Easy to hold, not very loud, gets the job done. I use it to prep stainless steel tumblers and cups for decoration and my prep time is cut significantly*



  9. Jerry Peterson on August 18, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Theres a product know in the body shop busines called guide coat. Lastss forever



  10. Lance on August 18, 2022 at 12:22 am

    We always do a light dusting of spray paint yellow or black. Good way to check your sander is let it sit on a flat board if it isn’t smooth while on , bounces around means it’s been dropped time for a new one



  11. Rich Williams on August 18, 2022 at 12:22 am

    Actually you can jump 100 grits but not more then that. I went to a 3M refinish class (autobody business) and they recommend like 80, 120, 220, 320, etc.



  12. still34u on August 18, 2022 at 12:22 am

    I feel like a decent size cabinet scraper would make a pretty quick job of this, no?



  13. Mari Elle on August 18, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Another awesome video!



  14. Kiana Shalix on August 18, 2022 at 12:23 am

    OMG!!! THANK YOU!!!! You have saved my projects my man!!!



  15. me andyou on August 18, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Its the Jimmy Kimmel of carpentry!!! Lol. Are you all related??



  16. ivan sivic on August 18, 2022 at 12:25 am

    dude what’s the name of that digital meter?



  17. GY NAT on August 18, 2022 at 12:29 am

    I’m a metal fab / paint guy but i really enjoy your chanel. I’ll never be a proper wood worker but I enjoy the overlap. Cheers and thank you!



  18. a 6 on August 18, 2022 at 12:29 am

    Man how do i sand faster? Been doing an old table, tried getting as much clear coat and stain off with a paint scraper because it was clogging my paper, but now even using 60g its taking forever. Do i just need a higher rpm sander? I have a single speed dewalt palm sander didn’t wanna use the belt sander because i figured it clog / take too much off.



  19. xenod1066 on August 18, 2022 at 12:30 am

    It’s like using a guide coat to sand body work.



  20. Neil Partridge on August 18, 2022 at 12:30 am

    I want to buy my first sander… For general DIY and hopefully some beginner’s woodwork jobs in the future. Is random orbital the way to go?



  21. Adam Wells on August 18, 2022 at 12:31 am

    Does this work with a hand plane too?



  22. John Tailing on August 18, 2022 at 12:37 am

    YEP , , , Just shows, every day’s a school day – how simple was that?
    Great job thanks



  23. aintgottime2bleed78 on August 18, 2022 at 12:38 am

    This is great. Thanks.



  24. Luis Câmara on August 18, 2022 at 12:38 am

    Awesome tip. Got a new follower because of it!



  25. Jonathan Katz-Moses on August 18, 2022 at 12:43 am

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  26. Flick Freaks on August 18, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Do you spray the wood with water at all to raise the grain?



  27. Louis Butler on August 18, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Handy and powerful



  28. Andre Noble on August 18, 2022 at 12:43 am

    What a nice workshop space. You are so lucky.



  29. 66 Designs on August 18, 2022 at 12:47 am

    It’s like guidecoat for wood, nice!



  30. M B on August 18, 2022 at 12:49 am

    Hello
    I made a mistake i did sand 220 right away can I go back start with 80 over It and go up to 220 ? I do appreciate your time



  31. Joy M on August 18, 2022 at 12:50 am

    He didn’t mark the same place where he measured the thickness.



  32. Taylor Branyan on August 18, 2022 at 12:50 am

    I love the pencil trick!

    I recently started using compressed graphite sticks instead of actual pencils ($10 on Amazon for about 200 pencils worth).

    Saves a TON of time just "wiping" it on instead of having to constantlyscribble and sharpen.



  33. Internal injection truly here under God Louy$lugz on August 18, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Done this and sharpened a bone fossil set before,.



  34. Ryan Finkbiner on August 18, 2022 at 12:51 am

    I love your videos. I realize that means nothing but seriously, great info and you deliver it in an informative yet fun way. Well done.



  35. Christina Torres on August 18, 2022 at 12:52 am

    You changed my life!,,, thank uuuuu



  36. iLikeWaffles on August 18, 2022 at 12:52 am

    Would’ve been nice to see this yesterday. Ruined a whole frame. It was my first time sanding and I made huge 0.25" valleys trying to get the glue off. 😢 Live and learn, I guess.



  37. fireworxz on August 18, 2022 at 12:52 am

    Thanks



  38. Daite Dve on August 18, 2022 at 12:53 am

    Final surface is flat just because original surface was flat!



  39. CrisTooR on August 18, 2022 at 12:53 am

    I just finished a project where I had a lot of sanding to do, and this trick is good, but what I am really curious about is how do you handle all the vibration? My fingers were still vibrating after I was done. I think I got nerve damage, after that I had to take lots of break so I wouldn’t damage my nerves. What is your trick for that? A low vibration orbital sander or?



  40. Tina Tilton on August 18, 2022 at 12:53 am

    He does sound like Jimmy Kimmel!



  41. Lee Dobson on August 18, 2022 at 12:53 am

    So simple so helpful wish I’d have known years ago



  42. Rebecca Ackroyd on August 18, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Question- I know this works on raw wood. Are there reasons not to use the pencil method when taking off an old finish to restrain a piece of furniture?



  43. Boran Theki on August 18, 2022 at 12:55 am

    As an apprentice I made a chessboard and got a completely flat surface using a belt sander. It’s all about technique. Cross grain, diagonal one way, diagonal the other way then the last pass with the grain, repeat. It’s all about being methodical, not helter skelter



  44. Up Your Food Game on August 18, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Hi guys. I have a problem. I bought a black limba slab today which is approx 1.5m x 750mm. It’s too wide to go in the supplier’s planer. The option is to cut it in half to fit the planer but I’d rather keep it as one piece for my table top. The slab has rough saw markings across it and the supplier suggested I use an orbital sander to rough it straight right down to finishing. Will this work if I use this trick? It’s a rather large piece of wood! Hope you’re able to answer! 👍



  45. Richard Jefferson on August 18, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Thanks



  46. notthesun on August 18, 2022 at 1:03 am

    Holy Shit! Why didn’t I watch this before I started my project? Genius!



  47. Harry McIntosh on August 18, 2022 at 1:03 am

    I’ve heard some people say that you should move the sander very slowly. I notice that you move it fairly quickly. Any thoughts about proper sander movement speed?



  48. pleappleappleap on August 18, 2022 at 1:03 am

    Why not use a plane for this?



  49. ramingr on August 18, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Nice tip, especially for us newbies! Thanks!



  50. onjoFilms on August 18, 2022 at 1:06 am

    I use that tip when I sand glass. Except I use a sharpie.