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Blog entry by noahsdad86 posted 03-23-2010 01:45 AM 946 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I enjoy mixing wood species as much as anyone and have been experimenting with various little candle holders to see what looks good. I made one out of curly maple with padouk stripes in it. For whatever reason when you sand it as one piece the dust from the padouk gets into the curly maple leaving it kinda pink. Looks sloppy like a kid who cant color inside the lines. So it might be a long time before I mix those two species again.

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DuaneEDMD

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 02:00 AM

How did you sand it? By hand or random orbit sander?

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 02:01 AM

Have you tried blowing it off with an air compressor and an OSHA disapproved nozzle? (one that will actually blow enough air to put your eye out)

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#3 posted 03-23-2010 02:03 AM

the problem is those oily exotics get all up in (for lack of a better way of expressing it) the maple… it happens with bloodwood ALOT as well

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#4 posted 03-23-2010 02:07 AM

I used a random orbital sander. I suppose if I hand sanded it in a perfect line with the stripes as to not cross contaminate it would work good. I do blow it off, even tried wiping it with mineral spirits, but that darn red dust gets everywhere including my phlegm.

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#5 posted 03-23-2010 02:14 AM

random orbit is the way to go and hook it up to a shop vac while you are sanding, even then it might bleed for the reason stated above, do you have a card scraper??? That is probably the best idea.

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#6 posted 03-23-2010 02:17 AM

true… go with a card scraper if you have it… they work well for this kind of thing

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#7 posted 03-23-2010 08:19 AM

Agree with the card scraper. Had same problem with Paduk and Maple also. Card scraper did the trick.

Scrappy

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#8 posted 03-23-2010 03:28 PM

mineral spirits on a cloth may help to wash away the dust too

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#9 posted 03-23-2010 03:42 PM

i use lacquer thiner ,
and fresh spot on the wet cloth with each pass ,
so as not to contaminate and rub it in .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 03-24-2010 12:13 AM

Thanks for the advice, I will try the scraper method on my next piece.

-- Anything worth doing is worth doing right.

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