How to Flatten a Table Top With a Belt Sander
What is the simplest method of leveling a hardwood surface? Using this easy five-step procedure and a belt sander. We all experience it regularly. To create a tabletop, you glue together multiple pieces of wood. The wood shifts during clamping, resulting in an uneven surface. A belt sander is one of the best ways to even it out. You can flatten hardwood surfaces in five easy steps.
Steps To Flatten A Tabletop With A Belt Sander
STEP 1 - WIPE THE AREA CLEAN
To prepare the surface for work, clean it. Use a solvent to remove any glue or unwanted paint from the surface. A clean surface will aid your ability to assess what needs to be improved.
STEP 2 - IDENTIFY THE HIGH POINTS
It will be easier to notice the highs and lows if you light it from the side. Keep a straight edge parallel to your surface. After that, set it aside and use a pencil to indicate the highest points.
Cut off the highest points after loading your sander with 120 grit abrasive belts. Avoid sanding against the grain. Sand against it, concentrating at the highest point. The belt sander should always be in motion. Leave no ridges or holes behind.
STEP 3 - SAND THE HIGHER AREAS
Sanding over pencil marks should be done lightly while holding the sander perpendicular to the grain. Never linger at one location. To effectively control your sander, you must always keep your arms relaxed. Take a break if you're feeling tired. To protect your ears and reduce distractions, use a hearing protector.
STEP 4 - SAND ACROSS THE GRAIN
Move the sander forward and slightly to the side while making a long "N" pattern, working from one side to the other. Use a dust mask if your job is prolonged because belt sanders also produce a lot of dust.
STEP 5 - SAND WITH THE GRAIN
Use an 80-grit sanding belt now. Sand with the grain to eliminate cross-grain scratches. Change to a 120-grit belt when all visible scratches have been removed. The paint will likely leave behind little scuffs that can later be polished out by hand or with a finish sander.