Steel Wool vs. Abrasive Pads
Even with the advent of synthetics, there is still a place for old-fashioned steel wool
Jeff Jewitt, a furniture finisher and restorer, does detective work to determine whether steel wool or abrasive pads products work best for the various steps of the finishing process. Photos from an optical microscope reveal the scratch patterns left by each product. He goes on to explain where and how to use the two products, such as polishing and smoothing finishes.
From Fine Woodworking #159