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where's my table saw?
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I don't get the comparison to wood

Why would any one sand wood to 1000 or greater? Wood has fibers stickin' all kinds of which ways even with straight grain. Steel wool would be used to polish or even a film finish like BLO or lacquer which has no directional fibers, at least that's how I used it. In my experience using anything greater than 220 on wood will just burnish the fibers not cut them. At that point you are ready to put a finish on the wood, not continue sanding.

Anytime I get into sanding a film finish with 320 or greater I use a soap and water or mineral spirits wash to carry away the particles. Otherwise the paper just clogs up and becomes useless. :vs_cool:
 
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