|Project by FreezFurn||posted 09-26-2012 02:14 AM||791 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
Posting my first bowl here. It took me about 3 months to make… two days to turn and the rest of that time to find a way to sand it smooth. It took so long that I am no longer sure what type of wood it is. I believe it is a Maple Burl, but honestly I am not sure. One thing that I learned the hard way is that you have to sand carefully. I kept leaving rough portions in the final product. I researched everywhere and did not find any help.
I live near Peachtree Woodworking and one of their salesmen finally gave me the wisdom I needed. I was skipping grits a little too much: 80, 100, 150, 220, and then micromesh). The formula that worked though was the following grits: 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 220, 320, and finally micromesh. About and hour of sanding using this method and I ended up with a fine bowl. Glad I found the solution, cause I was almost ready to give up on bowls all together. Maybe this tip will help some other new turner out there!
-- Andy (Father, Math Teacher, Coach, and occasionally... Woodworker) "You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you." Exodus 25:9