Things I have been doing. #1: Just things I have been doing

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Blog entry by CherieLee posted 07-06-2011 05:12 AM 1398 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I have never done a blog before, so here I go.

I just just recently learned much more about finishing techniques. So far I basically do small things such as ornaments since they are quick. The most recent I have learned is to soak my pieces in some kind of oil. All I have here right now is mineral oil, and I first used that on a cake topper I made for our son’s wedding. For the past couple of months I have been soaking everything I do and have found the pieces look much better and even feel a bit different.

I have also learned more about sand paper grits. Boy was this a surprise for me. We recently visited a friend in Springfield MO who usually does egg carvings but has recently learned to do pyrography. (can’t spell that right) Anyways, her husband has cut her some oak boards that were so shiny I had to ask how he did it. He explained about the grits of the sand paper so I talked it over with Jaun and we decided to try it. The highest grit I have been playing with is 800 and I was totally taken by surprise at how my pieces felt and looked. I am still learning this, and now am waiting to buy an orbital sander.

-- Cherie Lee

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View HalDougherty's profile


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#1 posted 07-06-2011 02:04 PM

Wait till you get some figured hard maple and wet sand it (tung oil and wet/dry sandpaper) to 1000 grit. You will be amazed all over again. Don’t skip sanding by jumping to fine grit too quick. Go up in small steps so each grit will sand out the scratches made by the previous grit and wait till 400 grit to start wet sanding. Maple, mesquite, and other hard dense woods will have a finish that looks 3 miles deep. For a quick finish on the gunstocks I make, I stop at 320 grit and apply several coats of tung oil using 4/0 stainless steel wool. You get the same result with a lot less sanding. Also tung oil hardens so you can put any finish on it.

-- Hal, Tennessee

View CherieLee's profile


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#2 posted 07-06-2011 05:34 PM

The highest I ever used before is 220. Well now I start with the 150 and work my way up. pre-sanding the boards before I even apply my patterns helps a lot!!

-- Cherie Lee

View Bertha's profile


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#3 posted 07-06-2011 06:01 PM

I’m with Hal. I wetsanded purpleheart with Danish Oil up to 1000. It took on an uncanny almost glass-like finish.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 07-06-2011 06:06 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, Cherie. You’re always going to learn new things even if you’ve been in for 40 years. God Bless.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 07-09-2011 02:29 AM

Ok wet sanding someone want to tell me about this I never have done it

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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