How to Sand Table Legs

When it comes to refinishing furniture, sanding is a crucial step that can make a significant difference in achieving a professional and polished look.

If you're looking to rejuvenate your table by refinishing its legs, this guide will take you through the process of sanding table legs effectively. Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or just want to learn a new skill, this article has got you covered.

Tools and Materials You'll Need

Before you embark on the journey of sanding your table legs, gather the necessary tools and materials. Here's a list to get you started:

  • Sandpaper (various grits)
  • Sanding block or electric sander
  • Safety goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Drop cloth or newspaper
  • Clean cloth
  • Paintbrush or vacuum
  • Wood filler (if needed)
  • Wood stain or finish
  • Paintbrush or cloth for applying finish

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Step-by-Step Guide to Sanding Table Legs

1. Prepare Your Workspace

Set up your work area in a well-ventilated space, preferably outdoors, to minimize the inhalation of dust and fumes. Lay down a drop cloth or newspaper to catch dust and debris.

2. Safety First

Put on your safety goggles and a dust mask to protect your eyes and lungs from flying debris and fine dust particles.

3. Remove Hardware

If your table has any hardware attached to the legs, such as screws or brackets, remove them to ensure a smooth sanding process.

4. Initial Sanding (Coarse Grit)

Begin sanding with a coarse grit sandpaper (around 80-100 grit) to remove any existing finish, paint, or rough spots on the table legs. Sand in the direction of the wood grain for the best results.

5. Smooth Edges and Corners

Use a sanding block to access hard-to-reach areas, and sand the edges and corners of the legs carefully. This step ensures uniformity in the overall finish.

6. Gradually Increase Grit

Progress to finer grit sandpapers (150-220 grit) for a smoother finish. Sand each leg thoroughly, ensuring you remove any marks left by the coarser grits.

7. Check for Imperfections

Inspect the legs for any imperfections, such as dents or scratches. Fill these areas with wood filler, let it dry, and sand it down until it's flush with the rest of the leg.

8. Final Sanding (Fine Grit)

Finish sanding with a fine grit sandpaper (320-400 grit) to achieve a silky-smooth surface that's ready for finishing.

9. Dust Off

Wipe down the legs with a clean cloth or use a vacuum with a brush attachment to remove all dust and debris.

10. Apply Finish

Choose your preferred wood stain or finish and apply it to the legs using a paintbrush or cloth. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for drying time and application techniques.


Sanding table legs is an essential skill for anyone looking to enhance the appearance of their furniture. By following this step-by-step guide, you can achieve beautifully sanded legs that are ready to be showcased. Remember, patience and attention to detail are key in achieving a flawless finish.


1. Is sanding necessary before refinishing table legs?

Yes, sanding helps remove old finishes, smooth out imperfections, and prepares the wood for a new finish.

2. Can I use an electric sander for the entire process?

While electric sanders are efficient, using a sanding block for edges and corners ensures better control.

3. How long should I wait after applying the finish before using the table?

Follow the manufacturer's instructions; typically, you should wait at least 24 hours before regular use.

4. What if I accidentally sand too much off a leg?

You can use wood filler to build up the area, then sand it down to the desired shape.

5. Can I paint over the finish instead of using wood stain?

Yes, you can paint over the finish if you prefer a painted look instead of a stained one.

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