How to Sand Uneven Wood Surfaces Such As Decorative Stair Rails and Posts

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Home improvement projects, sanding before staining or painting. How to sand uneven surfaces.

Eventually wodden things in the home such as stairway rails, trim, wooden chairs and doors will need to be restained or painted.  When it comes to wood it is often helpful to sand the stripped wood before adding the new paint of stain.  Sanding it prepares the wood and allows it to accept and take i the stain or paint, it also essures that you will have removed off all of the old stain or paint.

Sanding a Wooden Door

When you sand a wooden door you want to be sure to that you sand with the grain of the door and sand in the same direction all over the door.

For a large surface such as a door you wil find it easier to use a sanding block rather than a single piece of sandpaper.  To make a sandpaper block get yourself a block of wood that is about 6 inches long by 3 1/2 inches wide to 1 inch thick. These measurements do not need to be exact but the block needs to fit comfortably in your hand.  You will need some cork padding.  Cut the cork padding in the length and width of the wood block, do this for both sides.  Using wood glue, glue the cork on too the block on both sides. 

Then wrap a piece of sandpaer around the block it sould the same length as the block and it should cover one entire side of the block and down both sides leaving the top opened.  Hold the sandpaper in place along the sides of the block as you sand the large surface.

Sanding Things a Cylandrical Shape

When sanding something with a cylandrical shape such as a dowel.  Plae the sampaper around the bottom of the dowel or other object with the grit side facing down and simply rub the sand paper up and down the dowel until you have it at the desired smoothness.

Sanding Decorative Pieces with Deep Grooves

When you are sanding something like a decorative stair railing post or a wooden chair you will likely need to get in to the pretty decorative grooves that decorate the the wood.  To do thise you will need to fold a piece of sand paper in half leaving the gritty side on he outside.  Work the sand paper gently back and forth do this until the surface is at the desired smoothness,

Sanding Short circular Sections

Cut a piece of sandpaper in to strip that is the exact width of the short circular sections,  Then wrap that strip around each section and pull it back and forth (pull with left hand then right and repeat) until the desired smoothness is achieved.


Posted on Jun 7, 2011
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