Link Roundup: Surface Prep with Hand Tools vs. Power Tools
Fine Woodworking editors are split on the best method to prepare a wood surface for finish. Over the years we’ve demonstrated dozens of ways to get your parts smooth and blemish free with hand tools and power tools. Afterall, no matter your preference, surface preparation is one of the most important steps in any woodworking project.
We’ve assembled a list of our best articles and videos on these topics. Feel free to post a link in the comments section if you have another link to recommend. And let us know what technique you prefer.
Prepare a surface with hand tools
If you prefer to use hand planes and scrapers to prepare a wood surface for finish, use these time tested techniques to acheive a clean, smooth surface. Browse All Surface Preparation articles and videos.
Keep your hand tools sharp
Sharpening is another topic critical to successful hand tool surface preparation. Sharpen your tools before you start and keep them honed throughout the process. Browse All Sharpening Articles and Videos
- Sharpen with Sandpaper
- VIDEO: Sharpening Doctor
- Cambering a Plane Blade
- User’s Guide to Waterstones with Charlesworth
- Freehand sharpening
- Sharp and Sharper
Applying a finish
So you’re ready to apply a finish, eh? Here are some of our top finishing techniques used in the projects featured in Fine Woodworking. Browse All Finishing Articles and Videos
- Finish Recipe Collection
- Hot Rod Your Varnish
- One Editor’s Foolproof Finish
- Three Reliable Finishes
- Confusion over Wipe On Finishes
Prepare a surface with power sanders
If you prefer to use power sanders to prepare a wood surface for finish there are best practices for good results. Browse All Surface Preparation articles and videos.