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Choosing The Right Abrasives

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Choosing the right abrasives

If you think "abrasives" means strictly sandpaper, you've only scratched the surface of what's available. Here's a sound sampling.

Coated Abrasives Coated abrasives include products made up of abrasive minerals bonded to a backing material with a glue or resin bonding agent. They come in sheets, disks, belts, drums, cords, cloth strips, and sponge-backed blocks for sanding contoured surfaces. Each form has its uses, but you also have to pick the right abrasive minerals and grit sizes to get the best results.

Your Abrasive Options You can choose from two natural minerals (flint and garnet) and three manufactured ones (aluminum oxide, silicon carbide, and zirconia alumina.) See your options in the chart on the next page.

Grit Sizes: Our Recommendations Grit number (or mesh number) refers to the particle size of the abrasive mineral, from 36 grit to 600 grit. However, the sanding products you'll most often use fall within the 60- to 220-grit range. When sanding bare wood prior to finishing, you don't need to work your way through the full range of grit sizes, especially if you use a power sander for some of the work.

To smooth a flat surface, such as a table top, we start with a sander equipped with an 80- or 100-grit aluminum-oxide belt, then switch to a finishing sander using 150- or 180-grit garnet paper. We finish up with 220-grit aluminum oxide paper.


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chips994 wrote:

When I click on the "Chart" I get a link to Russian women Using Safari

8/29/2013 06:10:58 PM Report Abuse
mcdougj wrote:

I haven't had any problems printing anything I have received from Wood.

12/9/2011 06:48:01 PM Report Abuse
vinsloma wrote:

I have Mozilla--highlight chart--click print--click selection--click print.............mine printed just fine

12/9/2011 02:13:53 AM Report Abuse
Oscar Newton wrote:

High light the chart, right click to copy, open word processor program click paste, then print.

12/8/2011 03:36:52 PM Report Abuse
beeandlou wrote:

I could not copy, print or down load your free copy of the ABRASIVE CHART which was disappointing after several attempts. Louis G. 12/8/11

12/8/2011 01:36:53 PM Report Abuse
siroisrichard wrote:

This was made using some spreadsheet. Copy and paste to your own. Then you are free to modify and print.

12/8/2011 11:17:53 AM Report Abuse
sjrachel54 wrote:

Mine wouldn't print using the print button on the chart but it would using the Firefox print command. 2 pages on portrait.

12/8/2011 10:48:28 AM Report Abuse
ponderroses wrote:

After selecting PRINT above the article, the article prints on my MAC with Lion. However, there is a lot of empty space which makes the article too long and the page breaks are in the wrong place. So, one should go to PRINT, copy the article, paste into a word processor, format the document, then print it. Use 2 sheets of 8.5 X 11 or 1 sheet of 11 x 17.

12/8/2011 10:46:05 AM Report Abuse
ponderroses wrote:

After selecting PRINT above the article, the article prints on my MAC with Lion. However, there is a lot of empty space which makes the article too long and the page breaks are in the wrong place. So, one should go to PRINT, copy the article, paste into a word processor, format the document, then print it. Use 2 sheets of 8.5 X 11 or 1 sheet of 11 x 17.

12/8/2011 10:46:03 AM Report Abuse
charles268 wrote:

What browser are you using? I just printed it using Google Chrome on Linux. Firefox has print and print review under Files. Try a search for your OS and browser.

12/8/2011 10:18:15 AM Report Abuse
cameo22094771 wrote:

WHY IS IT THAT i CAN NOT PRINT THE ABRASIVE CHART? rOMEO

12/8/2011 09:44:07 AM Report Abuse

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