How to Sand Small Crevices [Step By Step]

If you are someone who is working with wood, you might have to face some uneven surfaces in the wood. It can be small cervices, cracks, sharp edges, or anything of that sort.

Now let’s be honest; nobody likes uneven surfaces.

We all want smooth, shiny, and flawless surfaces no matter what we are working with.

Today I’m going to talk about how you can smooth your small cervices easily. There are options when it comes to smoothing cervices.

I will be discussing some of them below. So, if you are interested, I will highly recommend you to keep on reading.

Let’s get into it!

Things you need

You only need one of the listed things in order to sand your desired surface.

  • Sandpaper
  • Sanding blocks
  • Folding sandpaper
  • Liquid Sandpaper (Sander de-glosser)
  • Rotary tool
  • Detail Sander

Step By Step Guide


One of the most commonly used things on sand surfaces is sandpaper. When you are using sandpaper, make sure that it has a good grit number because the process of sanding depends on it.

Sandpaper usually works on early grains of wood. It is ideal for softwood. All you have to do is make sure that your workplace has enough lighting.

Then, rub the sandpaper on the desired surface until you are satisfied with the results.

Sanding blocks

Sanding blocks are more efficient and heavy-duty as compared to sandpaper. The best thing about the sanding block is that you can make the sanding block according to your desire.

Now you ask how we make a sanding block. Well, all you have to do is cut a small piece of either cork or wood in a square. The next step is to wrap the piece of cork or wood with sandpaper.

You can even secure it with the help of clamps or clips. You can also buy sanding blocks from the market.

If you are mainly working with edges and corners, sanding blocks work better because they put even pressure.

Folded sandpaper

If you have sandpaper and you want to make the most out of it. Just fold it into a knife-like edge. Either this or you can fold it into a cylindrical shape or a pipe-like shape.

This will help you to reach the hard-to-approach places easily.

Position the folded sandpaper in between your thumb and fingers. After that, push and pull the folded sandpaper in to and fro motions.

It works like a diagonal saw blade. This method is best for all of the hidden cervices that are hard to smooth.

Liquid sandpaper (Sander De-glosser)

For all my DIY lovers, this one is great as you can make this at home too. This is best for all the tough corners you have around. It is perfect for all tiny cervices.

To make this at home, you will need a battery-powered toothbrush and sandpaper.

Remove all the bristles from your toothbrush and then apply adhesive on the sandpaper and finally attach it onto the area from where you removed the bristles.

Voila! Your self-made sander de-glosser is done.

You can even change the sandpaper whenever you want. This is best for any small project.

Detail sander

The detail sander has a triangle pad which helps to make triangle shapes in tight places. This device should be used by a person who works with wood often.

This is ideal for someone who does not have much time on his hands. This is also ideal for tight places.

A person should have some practice using this tool before getting into the actual task.

Rotary tool

Lastly, we have the rotary tool. This machine is quite similar to the above-mentioned machine. For someone who wants the best quality sanding, this is perfect.

This machine only rotates in one direction. This machine puts pressure on the targeted area, and it will scrape the area to make it smooth, even, and shiny.

This tool is ideal for hard surfaces.

Moreover, it will save a lot of your time.

Wrapping it up

I have listed all of the commonly used methods above. Thoroughly read every heading and then decide the method that will work best for your desired surface.

If it is a one-time thing, then regular sandpaper will do the job. Best of luck!

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