Sunday, November 6, 2011

Red Special final sanding

Today, I did the final sanding on the Red Special body. Started with 80 grit taking out any deep scratches or gouges. Broke the sharp edges to a more rounded feel. Proceed through 120 and 150 grit. Then ended with 220 grit. One of the problems with using Padauk and a light Maple or an Ash is that the saw dust will get stain the lighter wood. So extra care is necessary when sanding a body like this.

The next step will be to shellac the body. Because no actual stain was used in this build, I'll try the french polish technique.

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