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Offline DIY WoodWerx

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Sanding cabinets question
« on: March 27, 2018, 07:19 AM »
I have the Festool Pro 5 sander.  Looking to add the DTS 400 or RTS 400 for corners.  What model sandpaper and grits should I invest in for cabinet boxes made out of plywood?  I’m just getting into cabinet making as a hobby and finishing is something I’m trying to learn.
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Offline PaulH99

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Re: Sanding cabinets question
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2018, 10:57 AM »
If you're talking about sanding the inside of the cabinet boxes, consider doing this before putting them together. Then you can sand them while flat and save yourself a lot of time.

I will often use plywood that is pre-finished on one side and put that to the inside of the cabinet. Then there is no sanding or other finishing work required.
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Offline waho6o9

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Re: Sanding cabinets question
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2018, 12:03 PM »
Finish on scrap pieces first and write the formula down on the back.

You're wise to ask the questions first, enjoy your journey!

Offline DIY WoodWerx

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Re: Sanding cabinets question
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2018, 12:35 PM »
Any recommendations on which Festool sandpaper to use?  I see they have a lot of options
Festool TS 55 REQ-F-PLUS
Festool OF 1400 EQ-F-PLUS
Festool CT MIDI HEPA
Festool Domino DF 500 Q-PLUS
Festool PRO 5 LTD (ETS 125 REQ)
Festool FS 1400/2 (x2)
Festool FS 1400/2-LR 32 Guide Rail
Festool LR32 Router Hole Drilling Set

Offline PaulH99

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-Paul
CT 26 • DF 500 • ETS 125 • KS 120 • OF 1400 • PS 420 • RO 125 • TS 55 R

Offline ManipulatingWood

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Re: Sanding cabinets question
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2018, 03:18 PM »
I will often use plywood that is pre-finished on one side and put that to the inside of the cabinet. Then there is no sanding or other finishing work required.

I second this strategy.  Maple plywood that’s prefinished on one side with a clear coat is a great time saver.

Offline leakyroof

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Re: Sanding cabinets question
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2018, 04:16 PM »
Any recommendations on which Festool sandpaper to use?  I see they have a lot of options
  You can go with Granat since it will sand both Raw Wood/Unfinished wood, and finishes if you need that.  Or, for just Raw Wood, use Rubin 2. 
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