Step 3: Scrape the moldings

scraping the moldings
Photo: Kit Latham
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Small, razor-sharp scrapers reach into corners, across narrow profiles, and on the end grain of raised panels where no rotary sander can safely go. Pull the scraper with the grain; use two hands and apply only gentle downward pressure to reduce the chance of an accidental slip gouging the wood. Dee uses two blade shapes: a trapezoid for the flats and a teardrop for the narrow crevices.
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    Tools List

    • sawhorse
      Sawhorses
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • paint scraper
      Scrapers
    • shop vacuum
      Shop vac
    • synthetic brush
      China-bristle paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1. 80-GRIT SANDING DISCS
    for random-orbit sander

    2. 100-GRIT SANDING DISCS
    for random-orbit sander

    3. 120-GRIT SANDING DISCS
    for random-orbit sander

    4. 100-GRIT SANDING PAPER

    5. SANDING SPONGE

    6. THE FINISH OF YOUR CHOICE
    see "What Finish to Use" in Step 6