Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Central Florida
I will go with Ron on this one.
if you refer back to post #13, you will see the saw marks.
without being there in person, I would use the ROS with 100 grit.
then when you think all is good, revert to the "in line" sander vs
the random orbital. . . . . and go with the grain.
all that work, I would hate to see swirl marks under the finish.
and any kind of dark stain will only amplify the defects.
I don't remember what wood species you have, but it sure looks soft
from up here in the balcony.
(and if you don't have an inline sander, now is a good time to buy one.
either a 1/4 or 1/3 sheet will do most of your jobs.
the half sheet sanders are expensive, but worth the investment
if you plan to do a lot of panel projects in the future.
wishing you the best in your project.
[and yes, I have been following your progress].
-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --
Last edited by John Smith_inFL; 12-04-2018 at 10:24 AM.