How to Sand a Living Room Center Table

Round Center Table

Round Center Table

Living room center table must be ground before painting, dyeing or painting. Grinding a wooden coffee table resembles grinding much other furniture. However, wooden coffee tables often have wide expanses of wood, and special care must be taken to make the sand even.


Select the appropriate grain size sandpaper for the living room center table. The harder the wood, the lower the grit number must be on your sandpaper. For example, hard maple requires a lower grit number than pine because the number is a much softer wood than maple. Fine sandpaper is used on all woods to prepare a smooth surface for finish. Don a protective mask. Grinding stirs up small particles of wood that should not be inhaled. Grasp sandpaper in your dominant hand.

Make sure the smooth side is facing you and the rough, gritted side touches the starting point of the wooden coffee table. Generally starting on one side of the living room center table and working your way to the other is an effective way to keep track of what you have already ground. Slide forward on sandpaper, using a continuous motion. Once you’ve reached the end of the coffee table with sandpaper in your hand, place it at your original starting point and repeat the movement. Grinding with back-and-back movements is effective as long as too much grinding is not done in one place. Too much grinding in one place results in an uneven surface. When the surface is smooth and free of burrs, protrusions and jaws, proceed to the next section in the table.

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