How to Smooth Rough Wood

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When working with wood, there are many challenges that you may face. One of these challenges may involve trying to remove any roughness the wood may have. A rough wooden surface can catch on your clothing, give you splinters and present a less than satisfying appearance. Luckily, smoothing the surface of rough wood is easy and can be done quickly and efficiently when using the correct tools.

Hold the sanding block with the coarse-grit sandpaper comfortably in your hand. Begin moving the sanding sponge in even, forward and backward strokes over the rough areas of the wood. Always follow the direction of the grain of the wood.

Repeat the sanding process using the medium-grit sanding block. Then, sand the wood using the sanding block with the fine-grit sandpaper.

Clean the sanded particles away from the wood using the hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Dip your clean cloth into a can of paint thinner and rub the cloth across the wood. This removes the finer particles that the vacuum cleaner could not pick up. Finish the surface of the wood by applying a wood stain or your choice of finishes.

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