Sanding Redwood

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Blog entry by BigD1 posted 02-08-2015 01:26 AM 855 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I find that 600 grit and 0000 steel wool, both leave sanding lines in my Redwood Burl bowl on the lathe. Any idea on how I can sand this and get a clean surface? Thanks.

-- Donald Baty

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#1 posted 02-08-2015 04:41 AM

I never use 0000 Steel Wool on any wood project.
I go all the way to 2000 grit on my lathe projects. If that is not enough, then I polish with a brown paper bag. Yes, a grocery bag. Very high speed on the lathe. As much pressure as I can apply with my hands. Works most every time.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#2 posted 02-08-2015 05:25 PM

Understanding all that, here is my situation. I have a Redwood Burl Vessel chucked up and supported within a Carter Steady Rest. The vessel is 18 inch tall, and a 7 inch base, and 10 inch at the top.The vessel has a flute cut in with the natural bark attached. Top speed is 575 rpm’s. So I’m at square one….no speed allowed. Thanks for the input.

-- Donald Baty

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 11:17 AM


You may have residual grit remaining from the 600 G or picking up a FO so if you have an air compressor give the bowl a good blow down this should remove any residue then go with the 0000 to see if it was effective.

-- Regards Robert

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