The second step in the processing of our lumber
is running each board through our 36" wide surface sander
on both sides. This removes all lumber stamps, surface staining
and rough spots. We start with such thick lumber ( 2" thick
and 6" wide ) that this thorough milling practice results
in optimum strength and a smooth finish.
When boards are planed at the lumber mill, the cells
of the wood crush and glaze over. This gives the wood an uneven
glossy surface. Sealer paint or stain have trouble penetrating
this glossy shell. We use coarse 60 grit sandpaper to break down
the "Mill Glaze" on the surface of the boards. The result
is beautiful boards that accept sealer, paint or stain evenly.
I look at these boards all day every day and I am
always amazed at their beauty. Any furniture made with unsanded
boards is inferior to ours.