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Hand or power sanding?

The simple answer to this question is almost always “both”. Of course, there are always exceptions. For example, if you're building something other than fine furniture or cabinetry that won't require a fine, professional finish, power sanding alone will probably be sufficient. However, it's important to remember that it's virtually impossible to achieve a smooth, scratch-free surface on a top-quality piece of furniture or cabinetry without some hand sanding.

For this reason, it's best to use your power sander(s) to bring your workpieces to final dimension and smooth out any really rough areas first - then follow-up by going over any scratches left by your machines with a hand sanding block and progressively finer papers before applying your finish.

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