People sand for various reasons, it can be to smoothen edges, prepare for a paint job or a finishing touch on a project.
A variety of furniture, doors, cabinets and windows come with different designs.
The designs are further elaborated with grooves; it can be tricky to sand in grooves because they are hard to reach sometimes.
Since the spaces are narrow, it’s difficult for the traditional sandpaper to do the job.
But when you are a DIY enthusiast like I am, you will try to figure out a solution. I was faced with the same problem countless times through the many DIY tasks.
Ever since finding these tips, it has been easier to sand in grooves. That’s why I thought it best to share them with you to help with your future projects.
Step 1: Make A DIY Sander
Grooves are among the hard-to-reach places when you are trying to sand furniture and other equipment.
Before going too far, the first thing you need to do is try making a DIY sander at home.
Use a dull blade to cut the sandpaper and customize it to fit the groove you wish to tackle. You can use adhesive to stick it on a suitable tool and keep renewing it when it wears out.
With a quick sweep of your local market, you can find curved accessories. If not, you can use scrapes and find your way to the perfect sander for the grooves.
Step 2: Use Contour Sanders or Steel Wool
If you are not aware of the contour sanders, now is the best time to know.
They are used for sanding deep profiles; they will help you with detailed DIY woodwork.
You can find them in the form of rubber pads, with concave and convex ends.
They also come in different sizes to fit different types of grooves. The other hack you can use is to use steel wool; it can be great for sanding congested surfaces.
Ensure you use fine steel wool to avoid devastating cuts on the wood. They are flexible and can get to the hard-to-reach areas.
Step 3: Modify the Sandpaper
The other way to sand in grooves is to modify your sandpapers. Use duct tape to help make the sanding paper more flexible.
Place the duct tape at the back of the sandpaper before cutting it into smaller stripes that fit the grooves you are working on. It will give you a firm and delicate sanding technique that works miracles.
With a combination of the two, the tricky places will easily be sand. This DIY trick will prove very handy when you want to smoothen surfaces for complex projects.
Step 4: Use the Rotary Tool
Sometimes the details on furniture can be a mystery, but the complex designs are sometimes suitable.
The rotary sander has been used to reach grooves, especially on big furniture like cabinets.
They are narrow enough to get to the hidden places and give you a smooth surface to work with.
Do not be very aggressive with the tool; progress slowly and gradually to get the perfect finish. They are available in the market; you can buy and use them for future home projects.
How to Sand In Grooves
Employ the four tips mentioned above and sand in grooves. They will make your work easier, some of the tools you can easily make at home.
If you need to purchase some of them, go ahead because they will last longer.
Sanding grooves is not a one-time task; you may need to do it again in the future.