I am about done with my #6 F5, I have a question maybe I should have asked 5 mandolins ago.
What grit sandpaper do most builders use on the last time sanding the back, front, sides and neck, getting it ready for finish work?
The reason I ask, I have a real nice quilt back and want to make the best of it.
I read once on this site about sanding, one person said QUOTE "if you sand any higher than 220 grit, you are gaining nothing, waste of time, finger tips, and sandpaper"
Another builder said "if you go up to 400 grit or even 600 grit you can bring out more figure in the maple"
Then read "if you get the wood too smooth the stain wont apply right"
SO... what is the general concensus on this topic. I know everybody has a opinion, but it would seem with all the builders in the world there would be a general "norm" that most use.
May seem like a elementary question, but I have noticed sandpaper can really change a piece of wood in a hurry.
Mostly concerned about high figure quilt how fine should I go? And whats the "norm" on Spruce Tops? Seems like fine grit changes the look of spruce moreso than maple. Thanks Jd