This is going to be a short post, but some useful information (I think anyway).
Now I have heard of using water on end grain prior to planing with a handplane. However, what with being concerned with tear-out, I shy away from using a handplane on end grain.
So instead of using a handplane, I use a random orbital sander (ROS). It tends to be slow going, but no tear-out worries. Then, it dawned on me. Why not wet the end grain with water? And then go to town on it with my ROS. I wonder if that would work? Well, it does.
I would guesstimate that it cut my sanding time in half. Plus, surely it is cutting down on the amount of sawdust going airborne.
Why in the world did I not think of this before?
Give it a try.
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