Sanding is often viewed as a necessary evil. However, this step really can make or break a project. Choosing the right abrasive to do the job makes it easier. Pay attention to the backing. It is typically a weight of paper, A is lighter (better for finishing) than D. Typically Aluminum Oxide is the abrasive of choice for raw wood. This is just the tip of the iceberg, Japan Woodworker can help you make the right decision.