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    I read in Wayne's Chip carving book that he sands before chipping. Is this a must do - just got the knives yesterday and started practicing.

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    gee no answers for you i will try and cooperate to give you some feedback a lot of folks wont carve after sanding becaue they are afraid bits of the sand will get in thewood and dull the knife, personally I dont worry about it. I just had a piece of basswood tha was really rough and flaky and I want to put a intricate kind of pattern in it, it was like chip carving and sanded it all first to get a really smooth clear finish because, once I carved it I couldnt sand it anymore unless I wanted to recarve it, or touch it up. that migh be what he is referring to. Once you have a chip carved pattern in your wood, it would be heartbreaking to sand all those sharp edges off tha you worked so hard o maintain. just my two cents.

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    • #3
      They say,... do not sand until your finish that ... it is hard on the tools. Me I sand.....I need to see the shape of item so I can see what next needs to be shaped or cut....the more the detail, the more I sand. I never yet hurt my tools...it is rocks and metal in the wood ....that has made chips in my tools.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dileon View Post
        They say,... do not sand until your finish that ... it is hard on the tools. Me I sand.....I need to see the shape of item so I can see what next needs to be shaped or cut....the more the detail, the more I sand. I never yet hurt my tools...it is rocks and metal in the wood ....that has made chips in my tools.
        Wayne says that it helps with doing the chip carving so that is why I asked.

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        • #5
          I would personally caution against sanding before carving as the fine dust and grit (which you cannot see) left behind after sanding will tend to dull your tools.
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          • #6
            Always sand my cc plates with 400 and then 600 grit and then dry wipe. Never had a problem with dulling the blade
            Bill K.
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            • #7
              If sanding dulls my tools, I sharpen them. I don't sweat the small stuff, I just want to enjoy my carving.

              I have no doubt that those who caution against all sanding before or during carving are correct, but I'm an imperfect creature who's not always rational. I just want to chill when I'm carving and don't really care about the unseen consequences of my faulty reasoning in pursuit of relaxation. Let the chips fall where they may (Ha, ha.).
              Arthur

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