What Type of Finish Will I Get?

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Using the right tool for the chosen material is crucial in achieving the intended result, along with ensuring that the settings are correct. Always use the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Clean & True Finishes
Typically what is wanted is clean, accurate - straight and true in all the right places – and without splinters, cracks or chips where the finished surface will show.
It is also important that you get this right first time, with no re-work necessary and ready for whatever stage is anticipated next such as coating and painting or gluing and joining.
There are some basic rules to follow. Coarse blades and saws remove material quickly but leave rough edges and visibly marked surfaces. Fine multi-tooth blades are more accurate and leave smoother finishes. Also check the hook angle is correct for the type of saw. Its cutting action and tooth geometry will play a part in determining if the blade is suitable for the material being cut.
Ensuring the Correct Finish
With abrasives, when selecting the correct grade (or grit), lower numbers are for use on rougher surfaces, thus giving greater stock removal, but an unfinished surface. For the final sanding before applying finishes go for higher numbers like 100 or 120.
Depth of setting on electric planers also influences surface result. Greater depth of cut means faster planning and stock removal, but will leave a rougher finish.
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