Figure 25. Detail for drawer construction.
should have a pleasing grain, and if more than one
motion when sanding flat surfaces; instead, use long,
drawer is used, the grain characteristics should be similar
on each front. This is true for a clear finish but is not
3-26. If parts of the article you are making have
important if your articles will be painted. Your drawing
irregular curves, sand them on the spindle part of the disk
may call for a false front on a drawer (see fig. 25); if so,
and spindle sander; however, if a sander is not available
the material should be carefully selected and milled to the
and the curves are long, sand by hand with a block. The
block guards against rounding the edges. Sand inside
3-24. We have discussed the various parts you will
curves by hand, using a stick with a rounded surface.
have to mill in any one of your projects. Before you
(See fig. 27.)
begin to assemble any of these pans into units, sand each
3-27. For all lathe turnings, such as the posts for
part to remove toolmarks or other blemishes. The
tables, stools, or the rungs of chairs, make sure each
greater portion of the sanding should be completed
turning is sanded to a smooth surface before you begin
before the parts are assembled, so that after an article is
any assembly work.
assembled, it needs only touchup sanding to have it ready
3-25. Always sand with the grain-never across it-or
you will mar the surface of the wood with scratches.
Figure 26, A, illustrates the correct direction the sand
block should move when you are sanding by hand. The
other three parts of figure 26 show incorrect use of the
Figure 26. Direction for sand block.