How to Sand Barley Twist Legs

This blog post is about how to sand barley twist legs. The main thing you need for this project is a lot of leg hair. You can get these from any animal with fur on its legs, but sheep and goats are the best because they have thick hair. You will also need wood glue or some other adhesive that works well with wood and a small container to mix it in.

How to Sand Barley Twist Legs

Finally, you will need some form of sawing tools like a hacksaw blade or an electric carving knife; we recommend using one that has variable speeds so you can control the amount of power going into your cuts and avoid splintering the wood when cutting through tough knots in the grain.

Step to Follow on How to Sand Barley Twist Legs

Step One: Sand Legs

The first thing you should do is sand the legs of the table. Sand all four legs with an orbital sander, making sure to get all around and up under where they meet the top. After the top is sanded, you want to use even finer grit sandpaper for this next step. An orbital sander will be used again, but it will have a finer grit number on it.

Sand Legs

This part is essential because if you do not scrub off all of your old finish, your legs will look drastically different from the rest of your table. Sand all four legs with 220-grit sandpaper, making sure to get in the corners and under the leg where it meets the top. Do this two or three times until there is no more old finish on the legs.

Step Two: Clean Legs

After you have sanded your legs with 220-grit sandpaper, your next step is to clean them. If you have an electric sander, use it to remove any sanding dust that is still hanging around on the legs. If you don’t have an electric sander, use a damp towel to wipe them off.

Using an electric sander is better because it gets all the dust off, and you can throw that towel away. However, if you use a towel, the dust gets in the air and is very difficult to get rid of. It can also damage your vacuum if it is blowing into it while you are using it.

Step Three: Apply First Coat of Finish with Paint Sprayer

The next step will be to apply your first coat of finish. The table should be sanded down to 220-grit with an orbital sander. If you use a paint sprayer instead of a brush, you will need the top clean and dust-free. If you are not using an electric sander with your handheld paint sprayer, make sure that the table is thoroughly cleaned off before putting any finish.

You will also want to make sure that the legs are just as clean and free of dust, dirt, oil, etc. After ensuring that everything is clean and no dust is hanging around on your table, you can move on to the next step.

Step Four: Spray Legs

If you are using a handheld paint sprayer, put the legs in the corner of the table and get them completely covered with finish. Next, hold your paint sprayer six inches away from each leg and make sure to get all four sides. Also, work your way around each leg so that they get sprayed evenly.

Spray Legs

It would help if you were spraying one leg at a time, holding the sprayer as far away from the leg as possible. This is so that you can keep from splashing too much finish on your table and covering it with drips. After covering each leg completely, let them dry for about ten minutes before moving on to the next ones.

Step Six: Brush Finish

After your legs have dried for ten minutes, move on to the next step. The sanded table should be completely dry and ready for sanding. Next, get an orbital sander with 220-grit sandpaper attached to it and sand all over the table again, making sure not to forget about the corners or any other places that might be hard to get at.

When you are finished sanding, remove all of the dust that might have been created with a damp towel. This should be done after every step so that you know your table is entirely dust-free before starting on the next step. This will help in how to sand barley twist legs.


When it comes to sanding, you have two options. You can either use a power sander or do the process manually with an orbital sander and some wet/dry sandpaper. Power sanders are more efficient because they will cover a lot of surface area quickly, but they’re also louder than using your hands, so you’ll need ear protection if there’s anyone else in the house at that time.

Manual sanding takes a little more time, but you’ll be able to get the power sander for free by asking your local hardware store. Having a handheld paint sprayer will make this process much easier because it doesn’t distribute as much dust from the table and makes the job a lot faster, especially if you have to spray a lot of pieces.

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