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Wide Belt Sanding

General Woodworking Reference Charts

Woodworking Grit Sequences for Wide Belt Sanding

Variables for selection of proper grit sequence include knowing the surface roughness before sanding, the type of wood and shape of workpiece and the desired final finish.

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Wood & Grit Sequence

This table reflects standard 2 head set up.

Oak Veneer120150
Walnut Veneer120180
Mahogany & Veneer150220
Cherry Veneer150220
Solid Oak80120

Stock Removal and Depth of Scratch for Wide Belt Sanding Operations

Values listed here are averages only, based on sanding hardwoods with a three-head wide belt sander.

Average Stock Removal (Depth of Cut)

Grit SizeDepth of Cut
36.060" - .045"
60.035" - .045"
80 .020" - .030"
100.015" - .020"
120.010" - .012"
150.006" - .008"
180.004" - .005"
220.003" - .004"

Average Depth of Scratch

Grit SizeDepth of Scratch
36.028" - .030"
60.025" - .022"
80.015" - .018"
100.010" - .012"
120.008" - .010"
150.005" - .006"
180.004" - .005"
220.003" - .004"