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    I am finishing a drop leaf table made of alder. I am going to seal the table with boiled linsead oil and finish it with 2 or 3 coats of wax. I have found that if all areas of a project are not sanded with the same grit, the piece takes finishes unevenly. Sanding round table legs with sandpaper is not all that easy. Can anyone point me to a source that can eqivocate grades of sandpaper with corresponding grades of steel wool? For example, what grade of steel wool would be used to duplicate sanding with 220 paper?
    there's a solution to every problem.....you just have to be willing to find it.

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    Re: sandpaper and steel wool

    I would estimate 000 steel wool should be equal to around 220-320 grit. 0000 should be around 400-600.

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      Re: sandpaper and steel wool

      They're usually listed on the steel wool package. I don't recommend sanding with steel wool because little flecks of steel will break off in the wood and will darken with rust over time and show through the finish. Scotch brite pads would be perfect for your application and the grit equivalant will be listed on the package.
      Buy cheap, buy twice.

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      • #4
        Re: sandpaper and steel wool

        Liberon's oil free steel wool is rated top notch..

        http://www.bwccompany.com/catalog-liberon.html


        Here's some more info on using steel wool and scotchbrite pads:

        http://www.steelwool.biz/Steel_Wool_Stuff_to_know1.htm
        "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

        https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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          Re: sandpaper and steel wool

          That was a great link that taught me a couple things. Thanks
          Buy cheap, buy twice.

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            Re: sandpaper and steel wool

            Great info, Bob. I have saved so many links to interesting products and tools that it's becoming cumbersome and unclear but here goes another!
            Later,
            Chiz
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