Woodworking Basics: Sanding and Abrasives


Woodworking Basics: Sanding and Abrasives

Explore equipment, tools, and abrasive media so you can make the best choices for your woodworking projects.

Meeting Times
  1. Wed, 1/3/2024 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Wed, 1/3/2024


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Class, No Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking, Hand Woodworking


Do you ever get confused about which sanding tools or sandpaper to use on your projects? Do you want tips on how to remove milling marks, prepare for a stain finish, or take a surface to a polish?

This class, part of the Woodworking Basics series, explores the tools and abrasive media available in the Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio and explains what works best in different circumstances. You can explore equipment from large to small, including your own hands.

This class is a component of BARN's Woodworking Basics Certificate program, which includes 14 classes and a mentored final project. Learn more »

You do not need to be a certificate student to take this class.


The class fee covers all materials you need.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome
  • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

John McCormack

John McCormack is a furniture designer, maker, and teacher living and working in Port Townsend. A graduate of the cabinet and furniture making program at North Bennet Street School in Boston, he holds a Master in Fine Arts in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design. He has written for various publications, including "Fine Woodworking," which featured his piece on "The Ultimate Crosscut Sled" on its cover. He got his start in woodworking by studying under John Kassay, author and expert on Shaker and Windsor furniture. Read more at his website: https://www.johnpmccormackdesign.com/

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