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I haven’t done many turning projects, as I’ve only had the Jet MiniLathe for a short while. This mahogany bowl is about 9-1/2” d. just to see what I could do on the mini. I had a heckuva’ time learning to sand turnings with this mahogany! I knew flat work, but felt I was having to learn to sand all over again with this project. I’ve done a few other projects since, but am still very low on the learning curve.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/





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jockmike2

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#1 posted 1593 days ago

Barb this puts anything I’ve ever turned to shame, it’s really pretty!!!

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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NoSlivers

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#2 posted 1593 days ago

Barb, sanding a piece while it’s still turning has a really different feel to it. Always make sure the tool rest is well out of the way and sand on the frontside or towards the bottom (on the inside of bowls/plates) so your fingers don’t get drawn into the work or worse, into a spur. Very nice work. What size gouges did you use?

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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BarbS

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#3 posted 1593 days ago

NoSlivers- at the time all I had was a 3/8” bowl gouge. And my sanding troubles were on the end grain exposed at opposite sides inside and out. It took me a while to figure out I was actually adding in sanding scratches, no matter how I worked through the grits, and I finally solved it by simply hand-sanding off the lathe, doing final sanding with the grain instead of across it. Another turner told me mahogany is problematic anyway. I don’t have the same degree of troubles on cherry or apple wood. Lots to learn.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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peruturner

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#4 posted 1593 days ago

Nice bowl queep the ghood work,turning is just practice that is all

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 1593 days ago

Very nice bowl, Barb.

Great job.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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NoSlivers

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#6 posted 1593 days ago

Each piece of mahogany has it’s own personality, it seems. I can say that if there is problem grain in a particular piece that I end up going through 800 up to 1500 grit. I even got some abrasive that is used to polish watch crystals!! I’ll add that although steel wool works for some things, I wouldn’t recommend it for something like this ;)

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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BarbS

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#7 posted 1593 days ago

Yes, so true. I ended up contacting Russ Fairfield:
<http://tinyurl.com/ybhcpfy>
and learning a lot about finishing turnings. My mahogany was a large purchase,
and a disappointing one in getting some form of African or South American variety,
but I have used it for many projects: the chess box, one cradle frame, the blanket chest,
and now a variety of turnings. I have some left over yet, so will be dealing with it more.
Turning is quite the adventure!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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