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    I did a carving on the door to a cabinet I am building . The carving is a raised branch .My question is how do I get the background smoth. There is not enough room to sand, especially in between the leaves.
    Thanks for any help

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    Ed, several manufacturers offer dogleg grounding chisels. The dogleg chisel allows the cutting edge to reach into the carving, maintaining the cutting edge flat, while the handle is above the workpiece. I have seen them in 1/4' and 1/8' widths. Remember, it is not necessary to have a perfectly smooth background. The tool marks will emphasize the fact that the work is done by hand. However, if you really need to make the background flat and smooth, I have used a Dremmel tool in the router fixture (sold separately most of the time for about $25) with a flat bottomed diamond bit. A useable set of diamond bits can be purchased from Harbor Freight (12 small bits for about $5). Dremmel also offers a flat-bottomed router bit, 1/4' or 1/8' for about $5 each.

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      I use the Dremel like the good captain says. or a 1/2 or 3/4 chisel will level off a lot of the small chisel marks. Make sure the chisels are razor sharp and use them very gently. Good Luck!
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