Absolutely sanding is required, rasps do not leave a smooth surface. But what rasps do well is shape and blend the surface, taking the irregularities out of the surface so sanding can can result in a smooth surface.
Cheap rasps will work, but the nice ones are a lot better. They leave a relatively smooth surface, esp with the less coarse rasps. I never thought I'd ever use rasps as much as I do now, as I used them in projects I just keep finding new ways to use them.
I have my cabinet doors done and ready to paint but I've noticed that the floating panels have some movement that may show unpainted sections if they shift. Any recommendations for fixing a panel in place after its been assembled? Simple shaker rail and stile and for most of the doors the fit is tight enough that they don't move but there are a couple that can slide.
Still kicking but just as not as high tonight as I once did. Just got back from the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, LA, with some buds. Didn’t get to bed until 3:00 this morning and up at 8:00 for breakfast.