If you are planning to restore some of your old wooden furniture, you may worry about the amount of dust created when you sand it. If so, use the following tips to minimize the dust while sanding the wood in preparation for restoring it.

Sand with the Wood's Grain

When you are sanding wood before restoring it, you want to make sure you keep the raised edges of the grain to maintain the texture of the wood. Not only does not needing a smooth surface help maintain the natural beauty of the wood, it also allows you to produce less dust while sanding it.

If you were to sand against the wood's grain, you would strip off more of the surface in the process. Not only would this create an unevenly smooth surface, but it would create more dust.

Instead, sand in the direction of the grain. Sanding this way allows you to thoroughly clean and remove foreign particles from the surface before staining or painting it without ripping off excess fibers that makes more dust.

Collect Excess Dust with Painter's Tape

Even if you sand in the direction of the wood's grain, you are still going to create some dust. While some of the dust will remain on the surface, a good portion of it will fall to the sides of the piece on which you are working.

To help catch some of the dust before it either hits the floor or flies through the air, attach two-inch wide painter's tape to the bottom of the wood, using an inch to adhere it to the wood and leaving an inch sticking out. As the dust falls over the edge, the stickiness of the tape will collect it.

As you are sanding, periodically check to see how much dust is on the tape. If the surface of the tape is covered, carefully remove it, and fold it in on itself before throwing it away. Then, replace it with a new piece. Once you are finished sanding the wooden piece, wipe the surface with a damp cloth to remove any residual dust resting on it.

Using the above tips can help minimize the amount of dust while you are sanding a few pieces of furniture. However, if you are planning to restore a large number of wooden pieces, contact a restoration supplier to purchase a downdraft sanding table that will not only give you a dedicated sanding area but will also collect the excess dust. Visit a site like aerospacefacilitiesgroup.com for more help.