Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: corvallis, Oregon
Suggestions for hand sanding curves? Well, for starters, flat blocks are of no use, I'm not sure why people suggest them for curves. For intricate curvatures, I use a combination of rasps, needle files, and sandpaper. Obviously, get all the scratches from one grit out with the next successively finer grit. Depending on how good a job you want done, and what kind of wood you are using, you can spend a lot of time on it. The usual rule of thumb is to go with the grain, but there are places where you cannot do so effectively. In such cases, swirl if you can, rather than straight across. Straight across is occasionally necessary, but it's much harder to remove the scratches. I find it far more effective to use only my fingers behind the sandpaper for delicate work. And I prefer smaller pieces of sandpaper for detailed curves.
Last edited by mmwood_1; 02-19-2013 at 10:29 AM.